Christian Bale thinks Tom Hardy is 'phenomenal'

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The third and final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series, The Dark Knight Rises is the sequel to 2008's The Dark Knight. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne (Batman) while Gary Oldman, Sir Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman all return to play their respective characters as a terrorist leader called Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing its hero to breaking point and beyond. Anne Hathaway plays Catwoman.
May 31st, 2012

Christian Bale thinks Tom Hardy is a ''phenomenal'' actor.

The 38 year old actor claims his talented 'The Dark Knight Rises' co-star ''knows his s**t'', but says the heavy costumes meant the pair didn't get much interaction.

Christian told Empire magazine: ''Tom is phenomenal. He's an extraordinary actor. If I were a director I would want Tom to be in my movies. He knows his s**t.

''But it's a funny distance that you have in these movies, literally, by being cocooned by a cowl. I don't truly feel like I've worked with Gary (Oldman), even though we've done three movies together.

''And likewise with Tom, we're both behind these masks. He's feeling the isolation as well. It's a strange feeling. So we agreed after this we'd like to work with each other on something one day!''

Christian reprises his role as Batman in Christopher Nolan's follow-up to 'The Dark Knight', and Tom plays arch-rival Bane. The 'Inception' rising star follows in the footsteps of the late Heath Ledger, who received a posthumous Oscar for his performance as the Joker in the 2008 instalment.

Director Christopher Nolan is insistent this will be the final time we see Gotham City.