It may come as a surprise to some fans but despite the animosity between Batman and Joker on the big screen, Christian Bale and Heath Ledger got along pretty well behind the camera and formed an incredible bond during the filming of The Dark Knight. In fact, the English actor recalled his fondest moments with the late actor, who died months prior to the film's release, and said that he still misses him to this day.
In an interview with GQ, the DC and Marvel star spoke highly of Ledger and how amazing it was working with him. He said: "Heath Ledger, who, oh my god, what a pleasure to have gotten to work with him and to just see him, you know, and how much he put into the Joker. And I was watching it going, yeah, this is absolutely fantastic. Are we in trouble here? When Chris and I first sat down, we said not the problem. What Batman is, is that the villains are always more interesting, right?"
"And so Batman actually, he's very close to being a villain himself. So, let's never let him become dull by comparison. And unfortunately now sitting there, go, I'm feeling a bit dull. But in comparison 'cause Heath is just like killing this and, but I'm so proud of that film. I love it. The Dark Knight is absolutely extraordinary. You know, and it was such a pleasure to have gotten to work with Heath," Bale continued.
Bale also revealed that he and Ledger would go on go-kart races together, saying that the late actor had a knack for the sport. Christian recalls: "He, he was a wonderful go-kart driver. Yeah, we went and raced the go-karts and holy crap, he beat all the stun guys and everything. He was quick. When we went to the track we thought of course the stunt guys are gonna win and suddenly Heath wins, gets top place, and then quietly mentions, 'you know, my dad was a go-kart racer.' Very talented individual and a great soul to be around. Yeah, I miss him greatly."
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Meanwhile, after successful outings in the DC and Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bale has expressed his desire to join the Star Wars franchise in the future. Unsurprisingly, a lot of people are on board with the idea, and considering Disney also happens to be Lucasfilm's parent company, he might have already gotten his foot in the door.
Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy is streaming on HBO Max.