Batman Actor Recalls His ‘Entertaining’ Meeting with Donald Trump
Christian Bale was at Trump Tower in 2011 while filming the popular comic book film 'The Dark Knight Rises'
Actor Christian Bale (pictured above left), best-known for his role as Bruce Wayne and Batman in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, recently recalled the time he met Donald Trump — and admits he found the president amusing.
The two met in 2011 while Bale was at Trump Tower in Manhattan filming a scene for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final chapter in his Batman trilogy.
Bale recalled the odd meeting with the future president while at the red carpet premiere of “Vice,” an upcoming film in which he stars as Dick Cheney, the former vice president.
“He [Trump] said, ‘Come on up to the office,’” recalled Bale. “I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne 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 that time he would think about running for president.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” used exterior shots of Trump Tower as the headquarters for Wayne Enterprises (the character Bruce Wayne’s company).
The character of Bruce Wayne is that of a billionaire whose parents are killed in a mugging when he is young. He later fights crime in the fictional city of Gotham. Other actors to have played the part include the late Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck.
The president showed support for Bale’s Batman film on Twitter when it came out in 2012.
“’Dark Knight Rises’ is projected to gross over $180 million this weekend. Remember to watch for Trump Tower!”
Dark Knight Rises is projected to gross over $180 million this weekend. Remember to watch for Trump Tower!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2012
“The Dark Knight Rises” ended up having a domestic opening weekend of $160.9 million.
It would end up grossing $448.1 million.
Its international total was much higher — at $1.1. billion.
Trump later showed support for the comic book franchise when Bale left and the controversial Ben Affleck was chosen to take over.
“Everyone should calm down. @BenAffleck is going to do a great job as Batman,” Trump tweeted in 2013.
Affleck has starred as Bruce Wayne/Batman in a total of three films, the last of which was 2017’s “Justice League.”
Despite having a seemingly pleasant meeting with Trump, Bale has made it clear he is not a fan of the man anymore.
During the same interview in which he told the story of meeting Trump, he also later referred to him as “Individual No. 1.”
This is a reference to how the president is thought to be identified in documents from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“And this story is part of how we got to be here, with that ‘Individual-1’ being president,” said Bale.
For more on Bale’s meeting with Trump, check out the video below:
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.