CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Josh Stewart isn't sure what day it is, but that's understandable.
The 35-year-old native of Diana, Webster County, has been globetrotting this week for "The Dark Knight Rises" movie premieres. In the film, he's essentially playing the right-hand man for Batman's foe, Bane.
On Monday, he was in New York for the film's world premiere. Tuesday morning, he hopped a plane to London for the European premiere there Wednesday night. After that, it was back to his Los Angeles home Thursday morning. The film opened nationally at midnight Thursday.
All this comes a week after he wrapped shooting on the thriller "Event 15" with "Once Upon a Time" and "House" star Jennifer Morrison.
"I'm in take-a-breath mode right now," he said with a laugh.
The premieres, he said, were crazy but great. The English premiere was especially wild since the bulk of the core cast (Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman) as well as writer/director Christopher Nolan, are British.
The New York premiere was exciting because it was the first time Stewart got to see the film -- and it was in IMAX.
"Watching it, it's so big. It's bigger than life," he said. "Seeing it in IMAX made it even crazier. Just as a fan, as a moviegoer, it's a pretty unbelievable film."
"The Dark Knight Rises" is definitely the biggest film of the summer, and possibly of the year.
"You know going into it, before you even start, you know it's going to be something amazing," Stewart said. "You just go along for the ride."
He praised Nolan for his treatment of the Batman films. "He approaches them from a character-driven standpoint. The characters aren't just farces. They do some crazy things, but they're also really grounded."
He also has high praise for Tom Hardy, who plays Bane.
"Anybody that can put a mask on their face, cover half of their face, and be as intimidating on screen as he was with only his eyes is really a testament to what that guy has. He's got that thing you just can't teach."
But the actor, Stewart said, is nothing like the scary villain he plays.