How many times have you seen Thomas and Martha Wayne murdered on-screen? Too many, you might be tempted to think, but few did it better than Christopher Nolan's classy take on the origins of Batman in #BatmanBegins.
Over a decade after that movie came out (which, for those who saw it at the time, is a pretty depressing thought), Gus Lewis, the kid who was cast as Bruce Wayne's younger self, has spoken to GQ Magazine about what it was like to work with #ChristopherNolan, meeting #ChristianBale, and playing the Arkham VR game by Rocksteady.
Oh, and he looks way older now, which probably shouldn't be much of a surprise, but still somehow always feels like one.
Still, beard and indie-hipster hair aside, that is unmistakably the same person.
Lewis, who's 23 now, has more or less stayed out of the spotlight since Batman Begins, but when GQ asked him to review Arkham VR, he inevitably shared some gossip from the set of Nolan's classic origin story:
"A large section of Gotham City – street after street of dystopian urban decay – was built from scratch inside an enormous airship hangar. Many of these meticulously detailed streets were never even used for filming. The design team constructed an entire neighbourhood and then Christopher Nolan selected which parts he wanted to use.
It was here that I had my only encounter with Christian Bale – I was lucky to meet him, we didn’t share any scenes. He was sat in his chair, in full Batsuit minus cowl, having a rest between takes ... I can’t remember much about our conversation, except that he was very nice to me and apologized for having to look like a panda. Afterwards my mum said I looked a bit like him, but that I shouldn’t worry, I didn’t have such thin lips."
Lewis's mum sounds like a bit of a hero. He continues:
"The Batmobiles were not just functional, but bordering on the over-functional – one had apparently almost taken off when they had driven it at top speed down one of the airfield runways.
It was a bizarre feeling reliving [my memories, in Arkham VR]. I genuinely did feel a bit like my ten-year-old self again, watching the action unfold from waist height – I had what I’d describe as a flashback of a flashback (triggered by a flashback) ... I have never played a game as immersive or terrifying."
It's pretty cool that, whatever Gus is doing with his career now, he'll always be able to say he was Batman once. Good work, kid.
Does Gus Lewis look how you'd imagine he would as a grown adult?
(Source: GQ Magazine)