Gyllenhaal, Bale and Eckhart rave over Ledger’s performance for ‘Dark Knight’

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Aaron Eckhart at the world premiere of The Dark Knight. Pic credit: ©

Ledger was on the mind of his Dark Knight co-stars at last night’s New York premiere. The event was star-studded as Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart, Heath Ledger’s “Dark Knight” co-stars each raved about the late actor’s jaw-dropping performance.

Christian Bale, who plays the caped crusader, told “Extra” – “He [Ledger] was great. He’s a phenomenal talent. He was great company. I miss him dearly.”

Aaron Eckhart recalled working with Ledger, he responded, “I can remember him just being completely and totally in love with his part… Just creating a character that will live forever in Batman history.”

Maggie Gyllenhaal added, “Heath was totally free in this movie as an actor. It’s so unusual, even for the greatest actors to do that.”

Playing the Joker in the upcoming film has won the late actor rave reviews and has even garnered talk of a posthumous Oscar®. Bale declared, “It would be wonderful if it happened.” Eckhart also said, “It wouldn’t surprise me one bit. He deserves it.”

For more from the Dark Knight premiere, tune in to “Extra” tonight.

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