Christian Bale said that his daughter cared more about Anne Hathaway's dog, a chocolate Labrador named Esmeralda, than the filming on the set of his newest movie, "Dark Knight Rises."
"She would be down all the time [and spent time with Anne Hathaway] - she loved her dog," Bale told the Associated Press at the film's New York premiere on July 16, 2012. "My daughter's not really interested in the filming - she comes along and is for any pets that happen to be around and for the food as well. She finds the filming very boring."
Bale was glad that he and his wife Sandra's 7-year-old daughter, Emme had a female character to look up to with the new film, which stars Hathaway as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman.
"Being a strong, decisive female role is very important to me as the dad of a little girl," Bale said.
"The Dark Knight Rises" is the final Batman film by Christopher Nolan, who kicked off the trilogy with "Batman Begins" in 2005. It is also the last film for Bale as Batman.
"I'm in many ways amazed that we're here because we always said that we should just assume that we will get to make one movie at a time and not to be arrogant enough to assume that we'd get the luxury of sequels," Bale continued. "So just to make a trilogy has been quite a surprise - a real nice one."
The 38-year-old English actor made his acting debut at age 13 in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun." He is known for portraying Batman in Nolan's trilogy and for his roles in "American Psycho," "Newsies," "The Machinist" and "The Prestige."
After Bale won an Academy Award for his work on the 2010 film, "The Fighter," he told reporters backstage that he planned to give the Oscar to his daughter Emme.
"I know I'll get home and my daughter will say, thank you very much, and take that and stick it wherever she wants," Bale joked in February 2011.
The movie stars several series newcomers, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays a Gotham City cop named John Blake. Oscar winner Marion Cotillard plays Miranda Tate, a board member of Wayne Enterprises who is eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego, resume his father's philanthropic endeavors for Gotham." Both she and Gordon-Levitt starred in Nolan's 2010 film "Inception." In the trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises," Tate and Wayne have an intimate moment.
Tom Hardy plays the masked villain Bane, an escaped convict who gains superhuman strength due to a series of drug experiments. In the DC comic books, Bane breaks Batman's back after attacking him in the Batcave, leaving the superhero a paraplegic.
"The Dark Knight Rises" reportedly cost $250 million to make. The previous installment, "The Dark Knight" has made more than $1.1 billion worldwide.
"The Dark Knight Rises" is set for release on July 20, 2012. Watch the trailer for "Dark Knight Rises" below.