Robert Pattinson lied to Christopher Nolan about auditioning for The Batman

Robert Pattinson lied to Christopher Nolan about auditioning for The Batman while filming the director’s new movie Tenet.The British filmmaker, who is famous for his secrecy surrounding plot and casting details of his films, has history with the Caped …

Robert Pattinson lied to Christopher Nolan about auditioning for The Batman while filming the director’s new movie Tenet.

The British filmmaker, who is famous for his secrecy surrounding plot and casting details of his films, has history with the Caped Crusader, as he helmed the critically-acclaimed Batman trilogy which starred Christian Bale as the titular superhero.

And when Pattinson discovered he was in the running to play the DC Comics’ crime-fighting billionaire while filming Tenet, the 34-year-old decided to lie to Nolan.

“It’s funny because Chris is so secretive about everything to do with his movies, and then I had to be really secretive about Batman stuff,” he told The Irish Times. “So I had to lie to Chris about having to go for a screen test. I said I had a family emergency.

“As soon as I said, ‘It’s a family emergency’, he said, ‘You’re doing The Batman audition, aren’t you?'” Pattinson laughed.

The Twilight star reportedly fought off competition from Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Armie Hammer and Nicholas Hoult to land the coveted role, and news of his casting was leaked in May last year, leaving Pattinson “f***ing furious”.

Tenet, which also stars John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh, is now set to be released later this month.

Meanwhile, filming on The Batman is set to recommence next month after the project was put on ice due to the Covid crisis, and will hit cinemas in October 2021.

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Natalie Portman given ‘more time to get jacked’ for Thor: Love and Thunder

Natalie Portman has been given “more time to get jacked” in preparation for Thor: Love and Thunder as the film’s shoot was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Black Swan actress stunned fans at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con last July when she …

Natalie Portman has been given “more time to get jacked” in preparation for Thor: Love and Thunder as the film’s shoot was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Black Swan actress stunned fans at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con last July when she revealed her character, astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, would be returning for director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, and she will become Thor – known as The Mighty Thor – making her the first female to play the character onscreen.

The Oscar winner joked to her fans following the announcement that she would be getting “jacked” for the role, but in an Instagram Live conversation with tennis ace Serena Williams over the weekend, Natalie explained that the coronavirus pandemic and the delay in filming has meant she hasn’t started her physical preparations yet.

“We haven’t started. More time to get jacked. Which I have not. I’ve got the carbo-loading down, but not the exercise part,” she joked, according to People.

She then revealed that the production, which also features Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Christian Bale, will begin shooting in Australia in early 2021 and she hopes she will have achieved her jacked appearance by then.

“Obviously everything is weird because of pandemic time, who knows what’s happening,” she said. “It will be exciting and I’m interested to see if I can gain muscle.”

Last July, Natalie shared pictures of her wielding Thor’s hammer Mjolnir during Comic-Con and wrote on Instagram, “So thrilled to share the news with you today at #sdcc2019 that I’ll be returning to the @marvel #mcu as female Thor with legends @taikawaititi @tessamaethompson and @chrishemsworth. (Remember this as the before picture for when I get jacked).”

She previously played Jane in the original Thor, its 2013 follow-up The Dark World, and for a cameo in Avengers: Endgame.

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Anne Hathaway: ‘Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set’

Anne Hathaway has revealed that Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set. The Oscar-winning actress discussed her experience of working with the filmmaker on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with Hugh Jackman, who starred in Nolan’s The Pre…

Anne Hathaway has revealed that Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set.

The Oscar-winning actress discussed her experience of working with the filmmaker on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with Hugh Jackman, who starred in Nolan’s The Prestige, as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series, and they recalled how he is one of many directors who doesn’t allow cell phones on set.

However, Hathaway then added a further unknown detail about Nolan’s filmmaking process.

“He doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working. And he’s right,” she nodded. “I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion. It always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget. I think he’s onto something with the chair thing.”

The Australian actor, who was surprised by the chair revelation, recalled how he had an issue with sharing a trailer with his co-star Christian Bale before he signed on The Prestige, which was released in 2006. Nolan convinced him to board the project by insisting that they wouldn’t spent more than an hour per day in the trailer and that they would be free to go home by 7pm every night, and he “was true to his word”.

Elsewhere in the chat, Hathaway praised the Dunkirk director’s approach to filmmaking, calling it one of her favourites.

“He’s broken it down to its most minimal, but also his movies are just so huge and ornate. That combination of really being intentional about what it was that we were doing – and also, he’s just so inspiring,” she gushed.

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Colin Farrell is ‘huge fan’ of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy

Colin Farrell is a “huge fan” of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.The Irish actor is portraying Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot opposite Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ upcoming big screen reboot of the DC Comics franchise, and …

Colin Farrell is a “huge fan” of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

The Irish actor is portraying Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot opposite Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ upcoming big screen reboot of the DC Comics franchise, and he’s overjoyed to be joining the Batman universe.

“It’s all exciting. To be a part of that universe and just there are certain words that are part of my internal lexicon: Gotham City, Penguin, Joker, Batman, Bruce Wayne, Harvey Dent, all these things,” he told Good Morning America.

Farrell also said he loved Nolan’s dark reimagining of the comic, starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ago in Batman Begins in 2005, The Dark Knight in 2008, and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

“Obviously I was a huge fan of what Chris Nolan did with that world and how he brought it back to life and gave it an immediacy and a contemporary significance,” he said of the trilogy. “So just to be part of, again that folklore, that mythology, is again really cool.”

And he pointed to Michael Keaton’s debut as Gotham City’s crime-fighting hero in Tim Burton’s Batman back in 1989, as well as Adam West’s iconic turn in the 1960s TV show, for inspiring him when he was younger.

“Tim Burton’s Batman was kind of my… no, I watched the Adam West TV show growing up actually as well,” Farrell explained. “So Batman as a kid, yes very much, not in comic book form but the TV show I watched ardently when I was a child. And then in my teens I saw Burton’s version and loved it.”

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Robert Pattinson: ‘The anticipation for The Batman energises me’

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance. The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and…

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance.

The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and production was shut down.

In a new profile piece with GQ magazine, the 34-year-old was asked why he wanted to take on such a well-known role and he explained that being part of that legacy and feeling fans’ excitement was appealing.

“It’s a legacy part, right? I like that. There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened,” he shared. “You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energises you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know… It makes you a little kind of spicy.”

The Caped Crusader has been portrayed onscreen many times by the likes of Christian Bale, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck, but rather than being daunted by following in their footsteps, Pattinson has enjoyed trying to find his own version of the character.

“I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character,” the British star explained. “And then I was thinking, it’s fun when more and more ground has been covered. Like, where is the gap? You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening?”

Pattinson will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is scheduled to open in cinemas in July. Fans were under the assumption the mysterious film involved time travel, given the reversed action seen in the trailer, but the actor insisted to GQ: “He’s not a time traveller. There’s actually no time travelling. That’s, like, the one thing I’m approved to say.”

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Taika Waititi using lockdown to work on Thor: Love and Thunder script

Taika Waititi is using the Covid-19 lockdown to work on the script for Thor: Love and Thunder.The fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise has been delayed due to the global pandemic, which has forced Hollywood to shut down production on movies includ…

Taika Waititi is using the Covid-19 lockdown to work on the script for Thor: Love and Thunder.

The fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise has been delayed due to the global pandemic, which has forced Hollywood to shut down production on movies including The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Cinderella.

However, as countries around the world impose strict restrictions on people’s movement to stop the spread of the virus, Waititi is using his time in self-isolation to tweak the script for his follow-up to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“There are a few positive things I can take away (from the crisis). One of them is that a lot of these films, and films in general, are rushed, or you don’t have as much time as you’d want to have on the script and things like that,” the 44-year-old told Total Film magazine.

Waititi added that he was confident his script, which he has co-written with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, will be better than ever as he has more time to tinker with it.

“We’re still writing Love and Thunder, and I think it’s good to just keep writing, and then you know, we’ll have a really, really good script. And with writing, especially, you should use as much of that time as possible to get your story right, because you never really get it later on,” the Jojo Rabbit filmmaker shared. “Film is an industry where you’re always complaining about not having enough time. I think, right now, we’ve given ourselves a huge amount of time to work on all sort of things, so we may as well use it.”

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as the Norse god, alongside Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer Christian Bale, in Thor: Love and Thunder, which has been moved from its original release date of November 2021 to 18 February 2022.

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Chris Hemsworth teases ‘pretty insane’ Thor: Love and Thunder script

Chris Hemsworth has promised fans the script for Thor: Love and Thunder is “pretty insane”.The Australian star is reprising his role as the Norse god for the fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise, and in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer,…

Chris Hemsworth has promised fans the script for Thor: Love and Thunder is “pretty insane”.

The Australian star is reprising his role as the Norse god for the fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise, and in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, revealed that director Taika Waititi, who helmed Thor: Ragnarok, has pulled no punches this time around.

“It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read in years. It’s Taika at his most extreme, and at his best. If the version I read is the one we get running with, it’s going to be pretty insane,” the 36-year-old told the publication.

The coronavirus outbreak has cast a shadow of doubt on the future of the blockbuster, which also features Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale, as production was due to begin this summer.

But Waititi recently spoke about Thor: Love and Thunder in an Instagram Live Q&A with Thompson, and told followers that the comic book adaptation makes Thor: Ragnarok look “safe”.

“There’s so many great, great things in it,” he shared. “It’s so over the top now, in the very best way. It makes Ragnarok look like a really run-of-the-mill, very safe film.”

The filmmaker joked: “This new film feels like we asked 10 year olds what should be in a movie, and then we said yes to every single thing. Space sharks, if you know anything about the comics… That’s all I’m gonna say… Space sharks.”

Thor: Love and Thunder is slated for release in U.S. cinemas in February 2022.

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Christian Bale knew nothing about Ken Miles before filming Ford v Ferrari

Christian Bale knew nothing about “unsung hero” Ken Miles before portraying the late British motorsports icon.The Oscar-winning actor played the racing driver in last year’s Ford v Ferrari, which focused on the events of the infamous Le Mans 24-hour ra…

Christian Bale knew nothing about “unsung hero” Ken Miles before portraying the late British motorsports icon.

The Oscar-winning actor played the racing driver in last year’s Ford v Ferrari, which focused on the events of the infamous Le Mans 24-hour race in 1966.

And Bale revealed that he had no idea who Miles was before he signed on to play the sports legend, who was tragically killed in a test car accident just two months after the car race in France.

“I knew nothing about him, and I think I’m probably in the same boat as most people on that. He’s very much an unsung hero of motor-racing,” Bale told Yahoo! Entertainment, noting that Miles also served in the military before his racing career.

“Then he became an absolute, pure, racer’s racer, very strong-minded, incredibly passionate about what he did. Within the motor-racing circuit, you hear many stories about him, about that race in ’66, but they were all new to me,” he explained.

The Dark Knight star is glad that he was able to help bring Miles’ story into the spotlight, but suspected that the icon would’ve been happy with the respect he earned in the racing world.

“I also don’t think that this was a man who was doing it for the fame. I think that’s what made him so admired by the racers – that he did it just for that purity,” Bale shared. “I think he would have been very happy being a man that the people in the racing world know who he is. So, I suspect that he felt that he got recognition. In my mind, I never would have viewed him as somebody who was longing for anything more.”

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Christian Bale: ‘Matt Damon would make a really good director’

Christian Bale thinks his co-star Matt Damon would make a “really good” director.In action drama Ford v Ferrari, the Oscar-winning actor plays racing legend Ken Miles, who works alongside Damon’s automobile designer Carroll Shelby to create a Ford car …

Christian Bale thinks his co-star Matt Damon would make a “really good” director.

In action drama Ford v Ferrari, the Oscar-winning actor plays racing legend Ken Miles, who works alongside Damon’s automobile designer Carroll Shelby to create a Ford car to beat Ferrari’s at the legendary 24-hour Le Mans race.

In an interview with Yahoo to promote the home entertainment release of the movie, also known as Le Mans ’66, Bale described his co-star as a “multi-talented” actor and praised his knowledge of filmmaking.

“Matt is a great actor. And he’s also got such a great understanding of the cameras, the lenses. He has a totally different approach to me. Probably a more comprehensive and intelligent approach. I think he’ll make a really good director at some point,” the 46-year-old said.

Despite the duo having different approaches to how they play their roles onscreen, Bale is full of respect for his fellow actor and acknowledged that their work ethic was similar to their Ford v Ferrari characters.

“Our approach to acting is sort of similar to the differences between our characters as well. Shelby is one hell of a racer, but is more strategic and understanding of the bigger picture, versus Miles, who’s just sort of doing his thing and often burning bridges and creating scorched earth because that’s the only way he knows how to do it,” the Batman Begins star explained. “This acting thing is the only thing I know how to do, though many would argue that point, whereas Matt is multi-talented.”

Damon has served as a producer on numerous movies and shares a Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Ben Affleck for writing 1997 drama Good Will Hunting.

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Tessa Thompson confirms Christian Bale will play villain in Thor: Love and Thunder

Tessa Thompson has confirmed that Christian Bale will play the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.The 36-year-old let the news slip in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet of the Westworld season three premiere, and revealed she can…

Tessa Thompson has confirmed that Christian Bale will play the villain in Thor: Love and Thunder.

The 36-year-old let the news slip in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet of the Westworld season three premiere, and revealed she can’t wait to work with the Oscar-winning British star, who was rumoured to be joining the project back in January.

“Christian Bale is going to play our villain, which is going to be fantastic,” Tessa shared. “I’ve read the script (but) I can’t tell you much.”

And her co-star Natalie Portman, who returns as Jane Foster in the new movie, is also thrilled about the casting news.

“(There have been) lots of exciting text messages exchanged between Natalie and I. We’re going to have fun,” she added, before teasing more additions to director Taika Waititi’s star-studded cast. “Taika is writing (and) directing. Some familiar faces. Some new people coming into the mix.”

The Creed star, who made her debut as heroine Valkyrie in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and reprised her role for last year’s Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, also revealed she’ll be playing King Valkyrie in the new movie.

“She’s king,” she said. “If she can’t find her queen, she’ll just be king and queen at the same time.”

Taika previously revealed that he shot a scene showing Valkyrie as bisexual for Thor: Ragnarok, but it was cut from the final edit, and he’s since hinted that the character may get a queer storyline in the upcoming film.

Thor: Love and Thunder, also starring Chris Hemsworth, is scheduled to hit theatres in November 2021.

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