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Monday, June 4, 2012

Christian Bale teary over Ledger footage

 The Batman actor was reduced to tears at the glitzy bash to introduce the film's director Christopher Nolan, who was to present a trailer for the The Dark Knight Rises.

But screen hardman Bale found himself unable to speak after watching a montage of Ledger in his role as supervillain The Joker in the second movie, The Dark Knight.

The 38-year-old actor kept his head down as the audience applauded Ledger, only managing to say: "Wow, great to remember Heath at that moment. Wonderful to see Heath Ledger there."

But after taking a moment to compose himself, he was able to return and introduce Nolan, with help from co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman.

Ledger won praise for his star turn as the maniac Joker, even taking the Academy Award For Best Supporting Actor a few months after his early death from an overdose of prescription drugs.

Christian has portrayed the caped crusader in all of the three Christopher Nolan movies and struck up a friendship with Ledger on the set of the second instalment The Dark Knight.

Christian was on stage to present the movie montage alongside Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt when he was overwhelmed by emotion. "It's great to see Heath Ledger up there," he said tearfully after the clips were aired.

The 38-year-old Golden Globe winner then stepped away from the microphone and lowered his head to lead a moment of silence for his late friend.

Oscar winner Heath was found dead in his hotel room after a suspected overdose of subscription medication in January 2008.

"Heath was infectious; his death makes me angry because I know our friendship would have blossomed had he not died," Bale said at the time.

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