Christian Bale totally missed his opportunity to call Matt Lauer glib and actually be totally right about it! On The Today Show this morning, the following exchange went down between Bale and Lauer (via JJ):
"Lauer: So much was made of Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. It was such a dark role. In some way, perhaps, do you think in real life, it caused him to slip across some line of reality and may have had some role in his accidental death?.
Bale: Personally, I find it to be a complete lack of understanding of acting. I also find it very rude to try to create some kind of sound bite for such a tragedy. The man was a complex man, a good man, but you know what? I saw him having the best time playing The Joker. He was someone who completely immersed himself in his role. As do I. But in the end of the day, he was having a wonderful time doing it, He couldn’t have been happier doing it."
You can watch the whole interview at JJ. For the record, I am - and always will be - on Team Bale.