‘The Dark Knight’ did not kill Ledger, says Christian Bale

June 17th, 2008 - 1:42 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 17 (IANS) Christian Bale, the “Batman Begins” star, has rubbished reports that the pressure of working in “The Dark Knight” led to Australian actor Heath Ledger’s death. Ledger played The Joker in the upcoming “Batman” sequel and rumours surfaced after his death in January that he was too obsessed with the role and crew members advised him to seek counselling. Ledger died after he accidentally took a wrong dose of prescription drugs.

Anonymous sources claim that Ledger refused to talk to co-stars and the crew when not acting because he wanted to remain in the character, contactmusic.com reports.

Bale, however, vehemently denies it, saying: “It’s not for me to tell anybody or to pretend to have insights beyond what I absolutely know, but my instincts are that the idea Heath was disturbed by playing The Joker is ridiculous.

“Heath was somebody who, like myself, acted for that immersion in a character. It’s not an unusual thing. And from working with him and knowing him, I don’t think that was unusual for him at all.”

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