The 34-year-old – who suffers from the crippling fear of confined spaces – admits he found the famous costume hard to cope with when he first tried it on.
Bale – who played the comic book superhero in Batman Begins and reprises his role in The Dark Knight – said: “I was standing on the back lot where they were creating the suit, and I had a few minutes to myself, staring up close in the mirror, just thinking, ‘This isn’t going to work. I’m claustrophobic, I can’t breathe, I’m getting a headache already, and this is all going to go very badly.’ “
However, Bale faced his fears because he was determined to take on the role.
He added to Details magazine: “I just said to myself, ‘Breathe deeply for a few minutes. Try this out. Don’t run around yelling and making an a** of yourself trying to pull the whole thing off.’
“I wasn’t going to get it off by myself. It takes three people. I just had flashes of what an a**-hole I would feel like saying, ‘Well, I wasn’t able to play that character, because I panicked every time I got in the suit.’ “
Source: News Australia