"At first, I was somewhat hesitant to do the role. I mean, after all, Batman is an icon. But I remember, as clear as day, being at the grocery store the day the movie opened, and this little boy saw me. He couldn’t have been more than five years old. He just walked right up to me and hugged me. He hugged me, and I was so moved by it that I hugged him back. Then he looked up at me and said "You’re my hero." And in that moment, I knew that not only as an actor that I had done my job, but that I had made the right decision to play Batman. And I’ve never looked back on my the decision to play Batman since."
Christian Bale watching himself on GMA back in 1987. (x)
You are not into the hype machine of Award Season at all, as I recall.
Well, I’m into supporting whatever film I’m doing. It’s not like a 100-metre dash where someone crosses and you go, ‘Man, they got it!’ It’s all opinion… I just do not feel right about getting into any kind of tit for tat against other actors going ‘Oh, I’m better than you…”, you know? Come on, let’s not start doing that. Let’s not start subtly pretending that we’re better and put other people down. Even if we’re not directly saying it, that’s what’s being said.
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American Psycho trivia: A sign reading “This is not an exit” is shown in the closing scene. These are the last words of the novel.