Christian Bale Reveals He Once Dated A Teenage Drew Barrymore, Talks The Dark Knight Rises

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Christian Bale has revealed he once went on a date with Drew Barrymore when they were teenage actors.

"We went to see some bloody awful horror film, and that was the end of it. She never called again," the actor told GQ Australia, which features "The Dark Knight Rises" star on its June/July 2012 cover.

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Christian's "The Dark Knight Rises" was filmed over the last year, and the actor admitted to the magazine that it was an emotional moment when he was nearing hanging up his Bat-suit on the project for good.

"I have been deeply honoured to inhabit this character. It was a massive undertaking. Physically, emotionally, every way. But suddenly we were in the final throes. I sat down and asked for a little space. I stared at the cowl for a good long moment and thought, 'Man, this one really took on a life of its own," he said.

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While the actor's Batman run has been met with excitement and major box office success, another of the actor's projects - "Terminator: Salvation" - created headlines for another reason, when an audio recording of his angry moment on set went viral. Speaking to GQ Australia, Christian said he's trying to put the past - and past mistakes - behind him.

"You know, it is what it is... We make mistakes - and I've made plenty - and I understand the impression I give off. I get it. I'm also not one of these people who has no regrets. Of course I have regrets. Hindsight is 20/20 vision. But you have to move forward," he said. "And I really can't worry about what other people think of me. The people around me who know who I am - my friends, my loved ones. That's what means the most, you know?"

One of the loved ones he treasures most is his daughter, who is a preteen.

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"Think about how strange and unfortunate it would be for my daughter if I couldn't just be a dad. You shouldn't make your children suffer because of choices you make," he said. "I get no greater joy than when I'm looking at my daughter and her friends when they're laughing their a**es off. Movies are great, but when I look back, it's the time with my family I'm going to remember. That's the source of character."

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