It seems for now, Bale couldn’t be more content. Living in Los Angeles since 1992, he maintains a regular lifestyle with his wife of 12 years, Sandra “Sibi” Blazic, 42, and their daughter, Emmeline, 7.
“I get no more joy than being with my daughter and my family,” he says.
Now more candid about his private life, Bale talks about taking his family on location. “I believe in sticking together. I travel to wonderful places and I want my daughter to be a part of that. So, no, I’m not a Skype-Dad. And anyway, I’m bloody awful with technology. I would always balls-up Skype,” he says with a laugh.
He sees the role of Hathaway’s Catwoman/Selina Kyle as inspirational.
“I think Selina Kyle is a very positive influence on young girls. I believe it’s important to have great female role models,” he says. “It’s funny. I never used to listen to female singers, though now I do an awful lot because I want (Emmeline) to know that she can do anything that a man can do.”
His daughter leads a very different existence.
“My dream for her is to have the freedom to choose whatever she wants to do,” he says. And he’s against her joining him in the business.
“In an amateur fashion, I’ll support any passion she has, but I wouldn’t want her to be acting professionally. If she chose this career, she’d have to have a hell of a life before her.”
It might be all serious business at work, but he knows how to lighten up at home.
“My daughter has me dancing and singing to songs I would have never imagined. Nowadays, LMFAO is one of my favourites. It’s rejuvenating,” he says, laughing.
What does Emmeline think of having an action figure in her parent’s image? “She understands it’s not really me. She knows I’m pretending.” He leans forward. “But I can’t deny it’s not a kick for her and her friends. They enjoy it when I do the voice and chase them around pretending to be Batman,” he says, smiling broadly.
… and I was able to see it. YAY!! I don’t want to give anything away about the plot because I figure not all of our readers will have seen the movie, but just share some thoughts:
It was a good movie with many great moments, but somehow it didn’t suck me in as much as TDK did. But I was happy anyway, because Christian’s performance was absolutely great. It was by far his best Bruce Wayne performance of the trilogy. He was flawless and emotionally very engaging.
Michael Caine had some great moments. He made me cry. He’ just so good.
But who really nailed it, IMHO, was Anne Hathaway. She was the perfect Catwoman and impersoned the by far best female character Nolan has created so far. Finally not only a strong woman, but also a believable emotional connection.
I was a bit disappointed with Marion Cotillard who I found overdid her last scene.
Jospeh Gordon Levitt and Tom Hardy were both very good. Hardy also had a very emotional moment, who’d have thought this.
One curious detail: In the closing credits, Sibi Bale was listed under “stunts”. I didn’t know she was a stuntwoman!
“The Dark Knight Rises” surpassed the benchmark set by “The Avengers” in midnight screenings Friday night, racking up $30.6 million in 3,825 locations.
Warner Bros. said that Imax screenings of the film contributed $2.3 million to that total in 330 Imax locations. It is the second biggest late-night showing of all time.
The total is short of the record held by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” which earned a staggering $43.5 million in midnight shows on about 3,800 screens last year, on its way to a $169.2 million opening weekend. It just surpassed the $30.2 million earned by midnight showings of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1″ last November on 3,251 screens. The vampire romance sequel made $138.1 million in its debut weekend.
“The Dark Knight Rises” late-night gross is also a franchise best. “The Dark Knight” earned $18.5 million at midnight back in 2008 and went on to a $158 million debut weekend.