Christian Bale gets emotional over Heath Ledger at MTV Movie Awards

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 03: (L-R) Actors Gary Oldman, Christian Bale, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt speak onstage during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Kevin Winter

Actors Gary Oldman, Christian Bale, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt speak onstage during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards on June 3, 2012, in Universal City, Calif.
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(CBS News) Christian Bale got emotional at the MTV Movie Awards after a montage of Christopher Nolan's first two Batman movies showed scenes of Heath Ledger as the Joker in "The Dark Knight."

The actor fought back tears Sunday as he stood on stage with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman, where they were presenting new footage from their highly-anticipated film "The Dark Knight Rises."

Pictures: MTV Movie Awards red carpet
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"Wow, great to remember Heath at that moment. Wonderful to see Heath Ledger there," Bale said as the clip ended. He then bowed his head and appeared to get choked up as the audience applauded for Ledger.

Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose on Jan. 22, 2008, at the age of 28. He received a posthumous Academy Award for his portrayal of the Joker.

Bale quickly composed himself and the three men introduced Nolan, who then presented the new footage from his third and final Batman film.

"The Dark Knight Rises" will be released in theaters on July 20.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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