Teary-eyed Christian Bale breaks down on stage while watching video of the late Heath Ledger at MTV Movie Awards
06:35 GMT, 4 June 2012
14:24 GMT, 4 June 2012
An emotional Christian Bale visibly fought back tears at the MTV Movie Awards last night after a video was shown of the first two Dark Knight movies with scenes that featured the late Heath Ledger.
Bale and Ledger became good friends during the making of Dark Knight, the first of three Christopher Nolan directed Batman movies starring Bale in the title role and ledger as The Joker.
The Golden Globe winner broke down while he, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman introduced the montage, which included scenes of Ledger in the 2008 film, the second in the Dark Knight trilogy.
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Vivid memories: Christian Bale watched clips of good friend Heath Ledger during a video montage of the Dark Knight movies at the MTV Movie Awards last night
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After the airing of the video, Bale returned to the microphone to help introduce director Nolan. But his eyes glistened with tears and he could hardly speak.
The 38-year-old had to stop himself from crying and looked down once.
'It's great to see Heath Ledger up there,' he said.
Bale kept his head lowered while the audience applauded for Ledger.
Relief: The audience helped out by giving a big applause for Ledger
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A few months after his passing from an overdose of prescription drugs, Ledger won a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in his role as the maniacal and clearly troubled Joker.
'Heath was infectious; his death makes me angry because I know our friendship would have blossomed had he not died,' Bale said after Ledger's death.
On stage last night, Bale had to step back from the mic for a moment of silence.
But he wiped his nose and rapidly got himself together and he and his two castmates then introduced Nolan, who introduced a clip of the high anticipated sequel,
The Dark Knight Rises will be released in the UK and US July 20.
The 2012 MTV Movie Awards airs on Monday June 4 at 9pm on MTV UK.
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