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post #1 of 17
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I get a kick out of reading all of this guy's interviews.

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BALE: You know the reason I picked this place?

ESQUIRE: Why?

BALE: 'Cause it has nothing to do with my life. I never come here, ever. It's as far removed from any place that I would ever go to. And that's exactly why I chose it. 'Cause it has nothing to do with me.

post #2 of 17
Yeah, I read that, too. Interesting how he (Bale) ends up talking more about his personal life than he wanted - but I also really like his intuitive, non-naval gazing approach to acting.

That last bit - quoted above - was a killer way to end the interview, though. Here's hoping TDKR shifts back to focusing on Wayne/Bats, as did BEGINS.
post #3 of 17
Yeah its a fascinating interview and a real look at what motivates a very talented actor in my opinion.
post #4 of 17
I wish that every single Christian Bale interview could be filmed so that I could watch them. Something tells me the actual interview was quite different than what was printed, and I'm sure it would be incredibly entertaining to watch.
post #5 of 17
They just gave him a free MV Agusta F4? Being famous sucks so much!
post #6 of 17
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BALE: You know the reason I picked this place?

ESQUIRE: Why?

BALE: 'Cause it has nothing to do with my life. I never come here, ever. It's as far removed from any place that I would ever go to. And that's exactly why I chose it. 'Cause it has nothing to do with me.
This is unbelievably bad ass... A man in a class by himself, he long ago won over my allegiance for life, but this statement is by far one of the coolest things I've ever heard a celebrity say. I like how aggressive it reads, like he's taking Daniel Day Lewis' view that you shouldn't know what color socks an actor wears, and becoming positively militant about it. A fantastic interview, thanks for the link

PS I like thinking about what someone who gives interviews like that must be like in real life "You know why I took you to dinner here tonight? This place has NOTHING to do with me. I don't eat here. I'd never eat here. We're here because of you"
post #7 of 17
Interesting interview. Not really for the content, but the general tone of it. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall for that thing.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Princess Kate View Post
I like how aggressive it reads, like he's taking Daniel Day Lewis' view that you shouldn't know what color socks an actor wears, and becoming positively militant about it.
Then he shouldn't have said anything about his daughter.

I like Bale as an actor, and I understand that he has no desire to pretend that he actually enjoys the promotional process, but sometimes it reads like he's trying too hard to let everyone know this. There was an interview last year for the T4 press tour (in GQ, or Details, or something) where it read like he was nearly out of his fucking mind and just aggressive out of almost nowhere.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by JacknifeJohnny View Post
Then he shouldn't have said anything about his daughter.
I thought that was odd, too. Maybe the interviewer wore him down? Or maybe he (Bale) just sort of talked reflexively. When you're parent - I'm speaking from direct experience here - it's really easy to start relaying stories or things about your kids without even thinking. They're such a huge part of your life that it takes a LOT of effort to not talk about them.

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I like Bale as an actor, and I understand that he has no desire to pretend that he actually enjoys the promotional process, but sometimes it reads like he's trying too hard to let everyone know this. There was an interview last year for the T4 press tour (in GQ, or Details, or something) where it read like he was nearly out of his fucking mind and just aggressive out of almost nowhere.
Maybe someone walked between Bale and the interviewer and it set him off.
post #10 of 17
He's very adamant that everyone knows he's just a bloke doing a sometimes silly job, and that the silly job includes promotional shit he hates because it sets him above others. He seems almost pathologically terrified that you'll think he's some hoity-toity diva. When he apologized for the T4 tirade, it was the same thing.

It sounds a whole lot like he took some shit from other kids for being a child actor and he never got over it. "I'm a regular guy! I love Beverly Hills Ninja! Don't punch me!"

The other thing that struck me was how he kept wanting to do the interview in character as his guy in The Fighter. What is it with British actors and this sort of urge towards self-abnegation? From what I've seen, Brits can be extremely cruel about anyone they perceive to be getting above themselves. So you see a lot of self-deprecating humor — the immediate modern example is Hugh Grant, who dealt with his scandal brilliantly on Leno and came out virtually without a scratch. Bale's own apology was kind of the Hugh Grant school of "I was stupid, I have no excuses, it was wrong." Anyway, the instinct seems to be to take the piss out of themselves before anyone else gets a chance to do it for them.
post #11 of 17
I think you misunderstood, as it seems to me that Bale was asking the interviewer to literally call up the real Dickie and discuss the film.

In regards to Bale as a child actor, I recall a story where he was said to have attempted to charge schoolmates for his autograph after he achieved that little smidgen fame that Empire of the Sun afforded him. Make of that what you will.
post #12 of 17
People Magazine: Christian Bale cries during UP just like we do!!!
post #13 of 17
THIS is my favorite quote.

BALE: And Chris Farley was just phenomenal. Beverly Hills Ninja will always remain one of my tops.

ESQUIRE: Now you're lying.

BALE: I have watched that movie. One time I sat down and watched it two nights in a row, and cried with laughter both times. The guy just was a phenomenon, and is missed dearly in my household.

There's something about Christian Bale watching Beverly Hills Ninja two nights in a row.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by JacknifeJohnny View Post
In regards to Bale as a child actor, I recall a story where he was said to have attempted to charge schoolmates for his autograph after he achieved that little smidgen fame that Empire of the Sun afforded him. Make of that what you will.
I come up with a batch of awesome every time.
post #15 of 17
He almost comes across like the Maynard James Keenan of the acting world.
post #16 of 17
Oh, what a load of horse shit. Tom Cruise is mysterious and enigmatic. Christian Bale is an attention whore. Whom I love, sure, but an attention whore.
post #17 of 17
I love Bale as an actor, and I can understand how obnoxious the press junkets and all that can be, but damn dude. Suck it up and move on. You're getting paid a jillion dollars to act in movies. If you don't want to play the Hollywood game go teach acting classes or do regional theatre or something.

I do love how he called out Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes at the Batman junkets. Sometimes his surliness can be fun!
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