Christian Bale says Donald Trump actually thought he was Bruce Wayne in real life when they met in 2011

With the satirical takedown of Dick Cheney, 'Vice', just around the corner, Christian Bale recounts his meeting with Donald Trump during shooting Christopher Nolan's modern classic


                            Christian Bale says Donald Trump actually thought he was Bruce Wayne in real life when they met in 2011

Christian Bale's latest movie, 'Vice', is bound to draw comparison between the film and the current political administration and its chief, President Donald Trump, considering it is a political dramedy.

Bale, who plays former Vice President Dick Cheney, shared on the red carpet for the movie premiere that he met the current commander-in-chief during the shooting of 'The Dark Knight Rises' back in 2011 and the funny thing that transpired, Page Six reports.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting workers and members of his cabinet for a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House October 17, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Getty)
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting workers and members of his cabinet for a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House October 17, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Getty)

In a conversation with Variety's Marc Malkin, Bale said, "I met him, one time. 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,” Bale quipped, “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.” During the talk, Bale also opened up about his stunning weight gain for the role of Cheney and explained that this time around he consulted a nutritionist rather than simply "winging it," as he did for his previous transformative roles.

(L-R) Christian Bale in "The Machinist" (2004) in contrast with his role in "American Hustle" (2013) (IMDb)
(L-R) Christian Bale in "The Machinist" (2004) in contrast with his role in "American Hustle" (2013) (IMDb)

Back in 2004, he lost 63 pounds for 'The Machinist' and then gained 100 pounds of mass back in a span of six months to play Bruce Wayne in 'Batman Begins.'

“This is the first time I actually did go to a nutritionist ’cause I’m starting to feel my mortality,” he said. “I did decide, ‘You know what, I might die, so maybe I should go to see someone who actually knows what they’re talking about instead of just winging it,’ which is what I’ve always done.”

'Vice' hits theaters on December 25 this year.