How long did it take you to perfect those dramatic fight scenes?
CHRISTIAN BALE: I dunno. I’m very bad with time! It took a long time. But with the final fight scene, we started that in Pittsburgh. And then we finished it in New York.
So it took a fair bit of time to get from one place to the other. Punching each other all the way! But there was the excitement of the extras. Everybody punching each other!
And it really invigorating mysel and Tom. Who is a phenomenal actor. And a formidable opponent!
And he’s obviously the first adversary of Batman that you know could probably…whip his butt! Which we’d never seen before.
But the thing I like so much about the fight sequences, is that they’re never just knock down fight sequences. You learn something more about each character, throughout each fight.
Which is the mark of a good fight. You learn about what Batman has had to go through. From the beginning of the movie until the end. In order to be able to defeat this man.
And you’re learning about Bane as well, and the changes that have come over him. And that’s always essential with any fight, that’s what you’re looking for.
When we see so many people punch each other nonstop, who cares. But you’re looking for, what are the changes. What are the weaknesses. What are the strengths of each character.
And what of these will dominate, one or the other. You know, what’s gonna change the situation here.
But I dunno, we just sort of did it. There’s such a long schedules on these movies. And I don’t like to think about time.
Otherwise I get depressed! So I just sorta do it as though, it’s like one day at a time for me. You know, with these movies.
Because if you go, oh only a hundred and twenty four days left, it gets tricky. To keep getting up at four in the morning!What was it like putting on that costume this time around?
CB: Well the very first tme I had the costume on, was at the audition. I think it was Val Kilmer’s costume! Yeah, it was. So it didn’t fit very well! But the first time I put on the actual one by myself, I thought, oh Chris has to recast!
CB: The claustrophobia was just unbelievable. And I stood there and thought, I can’t breathe. I can’t think! It’s just too tight.
You know, it’s squeezing my head. And I’m about to panic. I’m about to have a nervous breakdown. I’m going to have a panic attack, right this second.
And I said, okay. Breathe deeply, and ask for twenty minutes by myself. And I said, could everyone just leave me alone for twenty minutes, you know?
Because generally people are around you asking, what does it feel like. And you’re like arrggh! I can’t even breathe right now, please!
And so they left me alone for twenty minutes. And I just stood there and I thought, but I’d really like to make this movie. I’d like to be able to get through this moment here!
And so I just stood for twenty minutes by myself. And then I called them back in and said, okay. Fine. Let’s just talk very calmly, please.
And you know, peacefully and quietly. And maybe I can get through this! And learn to. And then it became very similar. But with twenty more months of having the comfort of having worn it.
You know, in the same way that Bruce Wayne improves the suit, we improve the suit for ourselves. And it became actually far more comfortable.
And primarily also that panic attack aspect was lost. Because I was able to rip it off myself. If I ever did start seeing stars and couldn’t breathe!
But it was a very similar thing. I realized we wrapped and we were doing a scene. And it was as Batman, it was with the bat. And Anne as Catwoman on the roof in Manhattan.
And I was wrapped, but the whole movie wasn’t wrapped. They had a number of days to go yet. But I just went down, and I sat in a room. And I realized, this is it.
You know, I’m never gonna be taking this off again. So again I said, can you please leave me alone for twenty minutes.
And I sat there. But it was with the realization of everything we’d done. And a real pride, you know? Of having achieved what we had set out to.
And it was a very important moment for me, you know? It’s been a very important character. And it’s the only time I’ve played a character three times. You know, in a row.
And the movies themselves have changed my life. And changed my career. So I wanted to just appreciate that, for a little while.
What gets you excited about working with Chris?
There’s something about Chris’ ability to always make his films topical, you know? And there was something happening with Occupy Wall Street.
It was actually happening a couple of blocks away from where we were filming in New York. And he had no way of knowing that was going to happen.
You know, when he wrote the script, and when we started. But by the time it was happening, I was looking at him and going, how the hell did you know!
So it became very topical. And I think in many ways, this character was an answer back in 1939 in England during the war.
And it was in answer to the uselessness individuals felt against this humungus World War II tragedy. And what could you do. And so it was topical in its inception.
You know, that’s how Batman began. And there have been wonderful spoofs, but it did begin as a very topical character. And I think Chris has returned it to that.
What about the big themes in this movie?
CB: You want to see that, I agree. I always wonder about big movies. And I tried doing a couple and, respectfully, I don’t think they quite managed what Chris has made.
But they can be this pure entertainment aspect, that people can go and enjoy the roller coaster of the movie. And leave, and that’s all they have to think about.
But if they wish to, they can see an awful lot more into it. You know, they’re not being smashed over the head with any of these notions. But if they wish to see it, it’s there.
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