Christian Bale told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he was surprised by the societal relevancy in "Dark Knight Rises," and the parallels between the movie and the Occupy movement.NOTE: This interview was carried out earlier this month, before the deadly shooting at a Colorado screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Friday, July 20, the day the film was released.
"There's something quite uncanny that happened during 'The Dark Knight Rises' and I think you'll see that there's a correlation in the Occupy Wall Street movement and some themes within the movie here," Bale told OnTheRedCarpet.com.
"I turned to Chris [Nolan] and I said, 'How did that happen? I read the script long before Occupy Wall street and Occupy anything existed, but look at that!' It's become more and more topical, the more that we continued filming," Bale said. "He manages to do that - just to take a superhero but actually make it mean something to our time right now."
"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. The movie is also touted to be one of the realist superhero movies to date.
"I think there was a realism when Bob Kane first created Batman," Bale said. "I think that it went off in a different direction, but this character was created around World War II. It was very topical, they were very tragic times and it was an effort to look at the individual and the uselessness that they feel and try to give them some sense of hope - of actually being able to be effective. I think that Chris has just returned to that original concept and that brings out the reality."
In the movie, Batman faces off against the masked villain Bane (Tom Hardy), 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 epic film concludes Bale's nine-year stint as the caped avenger and though his character really goes through the ringer in the latest film, the actor said he has nothing to complain about, but that it was not an easy shoot.
"There's nothing wrong in working hard for something, right?" Bale added. "When the results are as good as they are with Chris Nolan's movies, then its well worth it and you can look back with some pride and satisfaction that you did work hard in order to achieve that. They're long shoots and it's not comfortable, but look, boo hoo, who cares? I'm getting to play Batman."
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."
Bale, who won an Oscar for his role in the 2010 film, "The Fighter," said that the secret to his career is not his acting chops or passion for film, but his obsession with people.
"I believe in obsession - I think that is one key to it," he said. "With people rather than acting - with people rather than films. So, with the characters, with each and every character."
Bale did reveal the one role that he would be afraid to take on, telling OnTheRedCarpet.com, "I'm afraid of romantic comedies - that's what we concluded."
"The Dark Knight Rises" reportedly cost $250 million to make. The previous installment, "The Dark Knight" has made more than $1.1 billion worldwide.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).