Christian Bale reveals the story of the pretty damn awkward time he met Donald Trump
If I told you back in 2011 that Donald Trump would become President of the United States, you would have never believed me.
Christian Bale, for one, certainly had no idea he was meeting America's future leader when he ran into Trump seven years ago.
The actor recently opened up about his one experience with the 72-year-old, admitting that it was all a little bizarre, with the future president having a hard time grasping the distinction between fiction and reality.
On the red carpet for the premiere of his new film Vice, Bale, told an interviewer that he met the former reality TV star while filming The Dark Knight Rises back in 2011.
Claiming the future president treated him as if he was his character, Bruce Wayne, he said: "I met him, one time. We were filming on Batman in Trump Tower and he said, come on up to the office. I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne, because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne."
He continued: "So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the time that he would think about running for president."
The pair's gathering was documented on Trump's Facebook page. On 3 January 2013, the billionaire businessman wrote: "Here I am with Christian Bale when they filmed The Dark Knight Rises at Trump Tower. Very nice guy and terrific actor."
The 44-year-old, who stars as former Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice, certainly isn't the only celebrity to speak out about weird instances with the 72-year-old.
In 2016, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe recalled his encounter with the Republican on the Graham Norton Show, joking that Trump had the "Everest of self-confidence".
"I was like 11 or 12 and it was when we were doing press for the first Potter movie, and they took us to New York and it was sort of the first time doing any of the morning shows in New York," the Jungle star said. "And I was about to do the Today Show and I'd never been American morning TV before, and I was quite nervous."
He continued: "Donald Trump had also been on that day. They walked me over to him because clearly they were like, somebody must have said, ‘Hey, you wanna meet the kid who plays Harry Potter?' and he's like ‘Sure!' I don't know how that conversation went."
"But they sort of walked me over to him and he said, ‘Oh hi, nice to meet you.' And I said, ‘Nice to meet you.' He said, ‘How are you?' I said, ‘I'm quite nervous. I've never been on TV before, I don't know what I'm gonna talk about.' And he brilliantly just said, ‘You tell them you just met Mr. Trump.'"
It's a well-known fact that Trump hasn't garnered many fans in the celebrity world. In fact, just last month, Snoop Dogg trolled the president by smoking a joint outside the White House.