Christian Bale revealed that his ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ co-star Anne Hathway has the “hardest job” in some ways, in a recent frank interview about the blockbuster.

The 2011 Oscar and Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor winner for his terrific work in “The Fighter” is currently working on Christopher Nolan’s latest installment of Batman.

“There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne’s role as being the toughest job of any of us. In my case, I’ve stopped referencing outside sources. I now reference Chris’ own world of Batman as a guide to what I will continue doing.,” he told the Entertainment Inquirer, during a recent interview.

“I had plenty of scenes with Anne,” Christian added. “And I was there when we did the screen test for her. The thing that I said to Chris [Nolan] that day was that there were many very accomplished actresses who had read for the role. I’m terrible at auditions, so I’m very impressed when somebody really seems to acquire an ownership of a character without having worked on it or prepared for some amount of time.”
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He described Tom Hardy as a “a phenomenal actor” adding that  “Tom is essentially creating Bane for the first time so there’s great freedom for him to be able to do so.”

Bale confirmed that this would be his final time playing the role of the masked crusader.

“I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl [Batman hood] off,” he said.

“I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris – that will be the end of that Batman era.”

The movie will be released on July 12, 2012.

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