Christian Bale has opened up about becoming friends with the late actor Heath Ledger, who tragically died in 2008 from an accidental overdose on prescription drugs.
'The Dark Knight Rises' actor is reprising the role of Batman for the final instalment of Christopher Nolan's trilogy, and said that he is “proud” to have starred alongside Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'.
Talking on the Kyle & Jackie O Show on Australian radio, Bale said: ''Of course, I have absolutely wonderful memories [of Heath]. I'm very proud that I got to know him as a friend, and work with him, and he's as much a part of this movie, 'The Dark Knight Rises', as he was 'The Dark Knight'.
''He created such a wonderful portrayal, that will always be remembered, and I'm very proud to have been a part of that.''
After an accidental “toxic combination of prescription drugs”, Ledger was awarded a posthumous Oscar for his incredible performance.
Christian also ruled out a return as Batman especially as its director Nolan has insisted that his movies will not continue past this third movie.
"I believe Christopher Nolan when he says it (a reboot) won't be from him, and therefore it will not be me,” he said. “But I absolutely do believe there will be a reboot, and I'm very fascinated to see what incarnation that will take.''
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