Rod Blagojevich with David Letterman: ‘I sound like Christian Bale’

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Set your TiVos, people! On tonight’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ on CBS, Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced former governor of Illinois, jokingly compares himself to the tantrum-susceptible ‘Dark Knight’ star Christian Bale.

Blagojevich, who last month hit virtually all the major talk shows in a last-ditch bid to stave off his removal from office, sat down with Letterman to answer questions about profanity-laced tape recordings in which the governor was heard allegedly trying to sell a Senate seat and shake down constituents for contributions.

At one point, according to a person who saw the show, Letterman moves to play an excerpt from one of the recordings, and then pauses and cracks to Blagojevich, ‘Go ahead and set up the clip.’ Blagojevich gamely laughs.

After an excerpt is played, Letterman asks Blagojevich to clarify what was happening on the tape, because the ex-governor has claimed his conversations were taken out of context.


‘I was afraid you were gonna have some of those other tapes, where I sound like Christian Bale,’ Blagojevich replies with a smile.

In an earlier sketch, Letterman had pretended to take a phone call from the irascible star.

-- Scott Collins