The Batman has spoken -- and he predicts a hot time in Pittsburgh for the next couple of weeks. Literally, at least for him.
A bemused, casually dressed Christian Bale joked today that when "The Dark Knight Rises" blankets some Downtown streets with fake snow, he won't get any relief.
"Well, I hope that all of you guys are going to feel cooler 'cause of the fake snow, I certainly won't be -- stuck in that rubber suit all the time," he told a press conference at the Renaissance Hotel, Downtown.
The third and final picture in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy brought a relaxed, bearded Bale -- clad in black cargo pants, with folded sunglasses tucked into his T-shirt and hooded jacket -- in front of the press a day before filming starts in Pittsburgh.
"I've never been to Pittsburgh before," he told a room packed with writers, photographers and select guests of the Pittsburgh Film Office. "There will be fighting on the streets a great deal," he predicted, although not a whit of detail about the story was leaked.
"Thank you so much for your generosity of spirit and hospitality ahead of time, and we'll try and stay out of your hair as much as possible and hopefully leave with good memories for everybody."
Mr. Nolan, director, co-writer and producer of the conclusion of the trilogy, confirmed shooting starts on Friday and apologized in advance for any inconveniences caused by road and building closures.
"I just want to take this opportunity before we start shooting -- we start tomorrow -- to thank really everybody in the city of Pittsburgh for the welcome that we've been shown.
"When you're making a large-scale action film that has to showcase, really, the vitality and the size of a major American city -- but also involves a certain amount of disruption to that city in order to make the action appear credible that we want to put on screen," Nolan said he really needs the sort of welcome and cooperation he's found here.
"I think the architecture of this city is a very beautiful city on a very impressive scale and yet one which has a community that hasn't lost its human scale. Those are two elements that are extremely hard to find and incredibly valuable to a production like 'The Dark Knight Rises,' where we're really looking to have the architecture of a major American city somewhat disrupted by what we're going to do."
Mr. Bale and Mr. Nolan were part of a welcome to Pittsburgh press conference that also included producers Emma Thomas and Kevin De La Noy; Dawn Keezer, director of the film office; Gov. Tom Corbett; County Executive Dan Onorato; and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
oh my, Senor Bale is rocking the grey hair