You may still think of Christian Bale as a screaming lunatic who yelled at a TERMINATOR SALVATION crew member, but if his recent interactions with fans are any indication, he is actually anything but…
A new video has surfaced of Bale calling 8-year-old Zach, a young Batman fan who is in the hospital fighting leukemia. The conversation, which lasts a good eight minutes, adorably ranges from Zach saying how he likes to dress up as Batman while his brother dresses up as Robin (Bale thought it was a perfect combination) to Bale comparing England to Seattle (“I don’t know if you can hear it in my voice, but I wasn’t born in America…I was actually born in a country called England. A lot of people tell me that Seattle is a lot like England, because it’s kind of rainy.”) all the way to Bale saying that he would tell “the lady who plays Catwoman” and the man who plays Bane (“Even though he was not a good guy in the film, the man who played him is a very good guy,”) all about the conversation.
In the end, Bale thanked Zach for watching the movies and said that the boy completely embodied the film’s message: “The whole point of the movie is anybody can be Batman. Anybody can be as strong as that and help people and put good out into the world.”
While it may seem like a necessity for a celebrity to give their time for a sick child or fan, there are many out there who would have done otherwise (Barefoot Contessa, anyone?). Between this, Bale flying the family of a young cancer patient to Disney for lunch, and his visit to the site of the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting, you can’t help but respect the man’s dedication and heart.
Listen to the entire conversation below, and learn more about Zach’s life and battle on Facebook at ZachAttacksLeukemia.