According to actor Christian Bale, a visit with Donald Trump during the filming of “Batman” led to a startling revelation: The most powerful man in the world genuinely thought the Hollywood actor was fictional Batman alter ego Bruce Wayne.
Bale spoke with Variety on the red carpet for his new movie, “Vice,” where Bale takes the leading role as former Vice President Dick Cheney, and he opened up about his encounter with Trump during the filming of “Batman.”
“I met him, one time,” Bale said. “We were filming on ‘Batman’ in Trump Tower, and he said, ‘Come on up to the office.’
“I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne,” the actor said, “because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne, and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the time that he would think about running for president.”
As for Trump, he seems to have appreciated Bale’s work — in no small part due to the “role” his own building plays in the movie. Trump gave his review of “The Dark Knight Rises” in a now-deleted YouTube video from the Trump organization. The video, reuploaded to the site by another user, shows Trump praising the cinematography of the movie.
Trump said the movie was “really terrific,” but “what was really amazing was the fact that the cinematography — what they did was incredible.”
“The movie is really worthwhile seeing,” he added. “And most importantly, Trump Tower — my building — plays a role.”
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“But it really is worthwhile,” Trump said. “Cinematography, what they did, great.”