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Christian Bale – The Dark Knight Rises

4. Christian Bale – The Dark Knight Rises

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Bale had already played Bruce Wayne twice before The Dark Knight Rises, but it was the fact that Bale’s performance of Bruce Wayne showed the personal growth of a fictional character over three films.  By the time we catch up with 38-year-old Bruce Wayne at film’s beginning, he looks like a modern-day Howard Hughes with his robe, Old Testament beard and cane. Bale showed the audience that character roles grow and learn just like you and me. We loved watching Bruce Wayne become exactly what he set out to fulfill not only from the trilogy’s beginning to end, but from just from the beginning and end to The Dark Knight Rises alone.

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