Christian Bale Is No Christian Slater

The actor talks about being the victim of a little mistaken identity and fondly remembers working with the late Heath Ledger

By Peter Gicas May 27, 2008 5:24 PMTags
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What's in a name? Well, if you're Christian Bale, it means a slight case of mistaken identity.

In the June/July issue of Details magazine, the Dark Knight star recalls the time somebody actually thought he was that other Christian:

"A casting director saw me in a hotel lobby and practically ran at me, holding a script: 'Thank god I've finally found you! We have this movie that you're perfect for, and this is an amazing coincidence. The director and producer are not going to believe it, that I just bumped into you! We've been talking about how perfect you are for this role for so long! Finally, I met Christian Slater.

" 'Christian Bale.'

" 'Excuse me?'

" 'I said, 'Christian Bale.'

"And she went, 'Oh, I'm sorry,' took the script, and walked away."

Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney can no doubt sympathize with such confusion.

Meanwhile, Christian—Bale, that is—also opens up about working with the late Heath Ledger on the upcoming Batman sequel...

"He was incredibly intense in his performance but incredibly mellow and laid-back. Certainly there was this great anarchistic streak to it—just getting dirtier than anybody's envisioned the Joker before," says Christian, adding that he hopes the film "will be an absolutely appropriate celebration of his work."

The Dark Knight swoops into theaters July 18.