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Christian Bale Cries Remembering 'Dark Knight' Co-Star Heath Ledger at the MTV Movie Awards

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Jun. 4 2012, Published 1:38 p.m. ET

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It was a evening full of fun and laughs last night as some of Hollywood's hottest stars stepped out for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

But one moment got us all choked up when The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale remembered his late co-star and good friend Heath Ledger during a segment celebrating Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy. 

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After introducing a montage of the best moments from the first two films in the franchise — Batman Begins and The Dark Knight — Christian became visibly emotional, something that is odd for the rough and tough actor. 

“Man, great to remember Heath in that moment,” Christian said, as tears rolled down his face. “Wonderful to see Heath Ledger there.”

The crowd cheered for Heath, who passed away in Jan. 2008 at the age of 28 after accidentally overdosing on prescription pills. Heath ended up winning an Oscar for his much-talked about portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight, although he wasn't there to witness his dream come true. 

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After composing himself, Christian, along with his co-stars Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, introduced the franchise's director Christopher and revealed a never-before-seen teaser of the final installment in the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, which hits theaters on July 20. 

Watch a clip of Christian at the MTV Movie Awards below. 

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