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Christian Bale Admits He Was 'Jealous' When Affleck Took Over As Batman

Christian Bale chose to leave Batman behind after 'The Dark Knight Rises', but the actor admits that he did get a little "jealous" when it was announced that Ben Affleck would take over the character in 'Batman v Superman'.

"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh go on… Let's do another,'" Bale tells Empire magazine.

"So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour."

"But I'm 40," he explains. "The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman… I think I should have gotten over it by now."

Bale says he hasn't spoken to Affleck but he did offer him some advice and encouragement.

"I haven't spoken with Ben, but I e-mailed him offering bits of advice that I learned the hard way," he says. "I would imagine he is doing everything he can to avoid anything that I did."

Bale was set to play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming biopic but he dropped out of the project after ultimately deciding he wasn't right for the part.

November 26, 2014 |

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