Christian Bale by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images Christian Bale by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
Christian Bale is notoriously reticent, and doesn't often speak to the press. (In fact, he and his wife, Sibi, have never publicly revealed the name of their 3-year-old daughter.) So it came as a surprise to see that in the upcoming issue of Parade, the actor opened up somewhat about the death of

Heath Ledger, who plays the Joker to Bale's Batman in next month's The Dark Knight. "Listen, I want to talk about Heath," Bale responded when asked if he minded broaching the subject. "He was a unique character, a very infectious character. He was a good man, and I was glad to have spent time with him. It takes a long time to accept that someone's gone, when all body and mind are telling you that this is somebody you will know for a great deal of time." Bale also said that he hopes that The Dark Knight will be a celebration of Ledger's work, and not part of what he calls the "hideous circus" that occurred after his death. "This movie is not a personal home video," he said. (See for more from Bale.) What do you think? Has Heath Ledger's death fueled interest in The Dark Knight? - Mickey O'Connor