Christian Bale: Batsuit Almost Suffocated Me
July 09, 2012
Christian Bale is back as Batman in the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises and The Insider's Kevin Frazier sat down with the star to discuss the movie and what it was like shooting in his skin-tight, sometimes air-restricting rubber costume.
Bale reveals that at one point the batsuit mask and neck piece actually was cutting off his air supply. "There were occasionally adjustments that were made that ended up causing me not to be able to breathe very well," he said. "But we corrected that fairly quickly because I was not breathing -- so we had to." He said the lack of air resulted in him "seeing stars and staggering" before the problem was corrected.
When asked about this being the absolute, final Batman installment, the Oscar winner said he believes the hugely successful franchise has indeed reached the end of the road. "You're going to have to ask (director) Chris (Christopher Nolan) about that, but I believe it is," he said. "Chris started this and then he brought me along based on conversations of how we saw Batman being able to be portrayed, and we've done that."
Bale -- who won an Academy Award for his role in The Fighter, revealed that his life hasn't changed much since getting the statuette, which actually ended up in the hands of his daughter. "You know everything that I would bring back my daughter would come and go, 'I'll take that, thank you very much, that's mine now.' So she takes it all... I loved that moment."
Anne Hathaway explains to Kevin why she refers to her super-sexy Catwoman costume as a "psychological terrorist" that kept her fully occupied for 10 months. "From the moment when I was cast to the moment I wore the suit for the last time -- I couldn't think of anything else. Every action I took in my life was dictated by how it related back to the suit." She added that the bulk of her motivation for hitting the gym so hard every day to get into such incredible shape was her desire to please the director.
Watch the video to also hear Bale talk about his fight scenes -- which he said almost always result in some real punches being thrown -- and to get Hathaway's thoughts on marriage after getting engaged to actor Adam Shulman.
The Dark Knight Rises -- also starring -- Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Caine -- hits theaters July 20.