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Christian Bale’s Batman Costume Is A Better Villain Than Ra’s al Ghul, The Joker, Or Bane
by Jill Pantozzi | 4:15 pm, June 15th, 2012
And here I was, happy that Batman could finally turn his head from left to right on film. Turns out Christian Bale had some serious breathing issues thanks to his Batsuit in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. Read on to find out exactly why his suit was a problem as well another issue Andrew Garfield had with his costume in The Amazing Spider-Man.
I’ve done my fair share of uncomfortable cosplay and while I don’t have experience in what it’s like to wear a rubber suit of any kind, I’d imagine it’s not like wearing your favorite pajamas.
“When it gets cold the cowl is extremely tight, and it gets better the warmer I get it; it becomes more flexible. But after a couple of takes I was trying to breathe properly in my nose,” Bale told Huffington Post UK. “I was starting to see stars and I said ‘I have to take this off’. And thank God on this one I can—on Batman Begins I couldn’t—so I had to get inside because I couldn’t let anybody see me without the cowl. It never looks how it feels. It’s so weird.”
Yeesh. But Bale isn’t the only actor who’s had potential serious health issues thanks to their costume. Star Trek: Voyager’s Jeri Ryan had a difficult time when she first stepped on set as Seven of Nine. Her form-fitting body suit was a little too form-fitting for her to breath, pressing against her carotid artery, which caused her to pass out. They also had to shut down production for almost a half hour when she needed to use the restroom.
Speaking of which, Amazing Spider-Man’s Garfield recently went on record about his own human needs as they pertain to his costume.
“We’re going to make it easier for me to piss. That’s number one,” he told MTV when speaking about improvements to the suit for the next film. “They didn’t really consider that, the whole bodily functions thing. But next time we will remember that I’m human.”
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