A Drew Barrymore Ex, Revealed: A Young Christian Bale

Huh. The things that come out in hype pieces for big upcoming blockbusters.

Here's a hitherto undiscovered fun fact about "The Dark Knight Rises" star Christian Bale: once upon a time, a younger "American Psycho" once stepped out with a likewise fresher-faced Drew Barrymore, as the actor tells GQ Australia

To hear Bale it, the "Charlie's Angels" alum wasn't exactly impressed.

"We went to see some bloody awful horror film, and that was the end of it. She never called again," Bale said for the June/July 2012 cover story.

One does wonder where exactly Barrymore herself ranks the one night with Bale. Her own past, after all, includes a marriage to off-putting MTV troll Tom Green and Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti and a current engagement to art consultant Will Kopelman.

The one-off teen encounter aside, Bale's done just fine since. This third chapter in director Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Legend," as it's been deemed in trailers, will reportedly be Bale's final turn as Batman following two acclaimed turns in "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." Bidding Gotham City farewell wasn't a moment that Bale took lightly.

"I have been deeply honoured to inhabit this character. It was a massive undertaking. Physically, emotionally, every way," he said. "But suddenly we were in the final throes. I sat down and asked for a little space. I stared at the cowl for a good long moment and thought, 'Man, this one really took on a life of its own."

The actor adds that his preteen daughter makes him very conscious of his missteps - including a famous leaked audio clip from the "Terminator: Salvation" set of Bale laying into a crew member.

"Think about how strange and unfortunate it would be for my daughter if I couldn't just be a dad. You shouldn't make your children suffer because of choices you make," Bale said. "I get no greater joy than when I'm looking at my daughter and her friends when they're laughing their a**es off. Movies are great, but when I look back, it's the time with my family I'm going to remember. That's the source of character."