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Capone With Christian Bale About 3:10 TO YUMA, RESCUE DAWN, And DARK KNIGHT!!

Hey, everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Still slightly soggy, but in slightly better shape than a couple days ago. You guys have been great, even the nasty Talkbackers, who never fail to crack me up. The only thing worse than evil Talkbackers is no Talkback at all. I particularly laughed at those of you who somehow live under the belief that Harry doesn't pay us. I’m not sure where that rumor got started, but I loved watching it explode like the mold in my condo walls. And just to be clear, I was not asking for money from anyone. But many of the Chicago-based readers had asked if they could help out, and putting that PayPal link out there (which was actually a part of my wife's site before this incident) was the easiest way to make that happen. If you think it's unnecessary, that's perfectly alright. We have insurance, and we'll be fine. More importantly, I talked to Christian Bale, motherfuckers! For the entire summer, I've been practically tripping over film sets for THE DARK KNIGHT. A couple months ago, the crew was shooting about two blocks from my house. And just last week, the production took over the lobby, two floors, and most of the outside of the building where I keep an office in downtown Chicago. You can't walk through the Loop without hitting either THE DARK KNIGHT or WANTED (the new Angelina Jolie) filming somewhere in this city. Every week, I get an e-mail or seven from someone working in an office building telling me how some part of their building has been converted into a set for a weekend or an entire week. It's actually been kind of exciting, but also slightly frustrating since the production has been operating under a complete and total press blackout, and I can't arrange an official set visit. This doesn't necessarily mean I don't have a few things up my sleeves as far as THE DARK KNIGHT, including this interview with Christian Bale, in which the subject of Batman is hardly discussed (be patient; I really do have long sleeves, with many things up them). But let's be honest, you could fill pages just talking about the films Bale has impressed me with in just the last three years, including RESCUE DAWN; THE MACHINST; THE PRESTIGE; HARSH TIMES; THE NEW WORLD; and the upcoming 3:10 TO YUMA, which opens next Friday and is the reason I was put in a room with him, as well as November's I'M NOT THERE, in which he plays Bob Dylan, along with many other actors. I should add at this point that there were two other writers in the room with me asking question, but they were two guys I happen to like, so often their questions were on my list of topics to discuss as well. Bale is a soft-spoken but very focused man, and when he answers your question, when he's talking to you, he looks you directly in the eyes. I can't be sure, but I'm pretty sure he never blinked as he locked his laser-guided glare on me. It's slightly intense, but not scary, and it forces you to listen to him, since his body language and eye contact don't really change. That being said, getting him to smile or laugh seems to loosen him up (as I had evidenced the night before my interview with him at a post-screening Q&A he did for YUMA). And so I began my conversation with Bale with this question.

Capone: Did playing a fake cowboy in NEWSIES prepare you in any way for 3:10 TO YUMA. Did you draw from that experience? Christian Bale: laughs I drew nothing from it, except for the quite annoying fact that when I first arrived in Sante Fe, I could not get the song from NEWSIES [“Sante Fe”] out of my mind. Every time somebody said ‘Sante Fe’…if you’re familiar with NEWSIES, there’s a song, and it would just go on through my head. And, it hadn’t been in my head for, whatever it is, 16 years or something like that. Dammit, if every time I saw a sign, a road sign or somebody mentioned it…and it took a good month or so for that to quit.
Question: And, you just had to belt it out right there? CB: Oh, no. I definitely kept that inside. I wasn’t going to let anybody know about it there.
C: But, it added to your character's torment, I'm guessing. CB: That’s actually what his conflict is. laughs
Q: Were you familiar at all with the first film when you were approached for this one? CB: I wasn’t really approached more than just, the script was going around. No, I wasn’t aware that it was a remake at the time. I did watch it before we shot, but no.
Q: So it was the script that attracted you, not the idea of remaking the film? CB: Yeah.
Q: So, what about the script attracted you? CB: There was a time for me following BATMAN BEGINS--and I’d also made THE MACHINIST before that--where I felt that I was actually happy with the results of the movies I was making. And, I kind of was hoping to be able to continue that. And, I had a couple of projects, which were things that I had been wanting to make before BATMAN BEGINS came along--one of them being RESCUE DAWN, another being HARSH TIMES, and I'd also had spoken with Terry Malick about THE NEW WORLD beforehand. So, I felt, okay, I need to get these done. These have to be completed, this comes first. And, then, I decided to just really, instead of looking at a script and thinking, ‘Well, something could be made of this. There are many problems, but something could be made of this with the right people,’ just to really try and wait, and just hold out and wait for a script that I just really looked at and that stayed fixed in my mind for sometime after reading. That’s what happened with THE PRESTIGE--which was a lucky thing, because Chris [Nolan] was directing, so he was a phone call away--and then, with 3:10 TO YUMA as well. It’s just one of the those scripts that I read and didn’t stop thinking about. First of all, I wanted to make a Western. Secondly, Westerns can be great in their simplicity about ‘Here’s the bad guy, here’s the good guy’. This one presented you with that, but then, it kind of presented, like, 2+2=5 and showed you why that was correct. But, these two apparently, absolutely ethically opposed people had a great fondness and similarity in that they were both seeking redemption in very different ways. But, I liked very much all of the questions that arose from it in the midst of all the great Western gunfights and the horse riding. But, this land of lawlessness where you truly did have to stand by your belief, and people have to have a very strong belief. Nowadays, you can kind of get by without that. There’s so much infrastructure and support, at least in the major metropolises, you can kind of just have vague opinions about everything and still get through life. I think at that time you had to have much stronger opinions and beliefs, because you were completely unprotected.
Q: Christian, Dan Evans [Bale's character in YUMA] is certainly, as always, a much different character for you to play, but he's also someone who will go to extremes when he needs to. What attracts you to characters that sort of…at one minute they’re one thing, but when they’re pushed in a certain direction, they have to go through this serious change, because they’re up against so much? CB: Right. Doesn’t that interest you as well? I mean, circumstances that you can find yourself in and a whole different side comes out? The possibilities of who you could be, given different circumstances? And, everybody not having a predictable life? Everybody has a question throughout their lives, ‘If they were really put to the test, could they stand up and be the person that they would hope to be?’. And, I think, also particularly with Dan, it’s…I’m a father now, and I see in myself that principles and ethics that applied when I was not a father changed radically when I became a father. And, I kind of have two different sets of principles about who I am. Things that I would do for my daughter, which are pretty much limitless, versus what I will do for myself. And, I could see that in Dan, of him having to decide about the fact that he has a family now and at what point are his own beliefs actually destroying his family, and wanting to set a great example of somebody who has conviction, but really having to question whether his conviction has just become selfish pride. Or, whether it is actually something relevant and practical. That’s what I love about the character, is the conflict within himself, of needing to prove to himself and be the man he aspires to be. Also, needing and just dying to see his son actually respect him for once and his wife actually respect him as well. But, is this pure selfishness? It’s a great dilemma that he has, and, I think, it’s a dilemma that anybody can find themselves in to a lesser degree than Dan does, obviously. But, in life, when they do find themselves having people…loved ones who depend upon them completely.
C: Actually, one of the more interesting elements of the film is how that part of Dan's character sneaks up on you, because you don’t really know until the end that he’s thinking in his head, ‘I want my son to respect me and look at me with dignity’ and regain some of that dignity that he lost in the war. And, by the end of the film, Russell Crowe is literally carrying Dan into his legend, making that little transition so his son will remember him, his father, in a very different way. Did you ever think about your own legacy as an actor? Especially in the last couple of years, you’ve really built up an incredible cadre of film roles, with each role being better than the one before.
CB: Absolutely. I’ve been able to work on movies that I like very much in the past few years, which I think have turned out how I had hoped that they would. And, I’m human, you know; that makes me feel good. I like it when people like what I do. I don’t like it when people are laughing at me for what I do, you know? I mean, I’d love to say I was completely impervious to anybody’s opinion, but that just ain’t the truth. Of course, it matters. At the same time, there’s also a danger when you start playing it too safe. After all, what am I paid to do? I’m paid to essentially make an ass out of myself, if needed. And occasionally, in doing that, you’re going to fall flat on your face. But, I have learned, through doing that numerous times in my life, that there’s also a ton of enjoyment to what other people see as humiliation. You can actually come to sort of thrive on that, because in a way, it kind of leads to a sort of fearlessness, if you genuinely don’t mind. If the point is that you tried, I think that really is the most important thing. And, like you said, I feel like I’ve been very fortunate in the last couple of years that I’ve gotten to do what I loved, which is actually the making of movies, and on top of that, if I’ve liked how the movies have turned out themselves, then that’s fantastic. But, to start getting too comfortable within that would be eventually to start churning out boring, boring chaff.
C: In the kind of films you make, "comfort" doesn’t seem to play into a lot of what you do. Q: For the viewer or for you. Q: You speak a lot about fortune and luck in the last couple of years, but do you think BATMAN opened doors, gave you the freedom to… CB: Okay, I don't mean luck. I’ll rephrase that, because I don’t believe that that’s luck. I can say that that’s ‘fortunate’, but certainly, it ain’t ‘luck’, because it wasn’t like me picking it out of a hat, is what I’m saying. I did choose the scripts; I did choose the people to work with. So, no, that’s just wrong terminology.
Q: Okay, but do you look at anything that allowed you to take that turn, to give you the freedom to choose whatever part you have. Or, have you always felt that way? Did BATMAN change things and give you the freedom to say, ‘I’m going to wait for something like 3:10 TO YUMA to come along’? Or, did THE MACHINIST give you a new life in the eyes some directors and some people? Was there anything that happened recently that led to that two-year streak? Or, was it just fortune? CB: I think it also came from a year and a half before THE MACHINIST where I didn’t work at all, and nobody wanted me for anything, and…Well, a couple of people did, but it was for very bad things, and so it was kind of realizing, ‘Okay, I have to re-evaluate, reinvent at this point’. But, I don’t know, I’ve always had this kind of feeling in the back of my head that I’ll be back there again at some point. I’ll be sitting, staring at the wall, banging my head against it, and having to reinvent myself once again at some point.
Q: You obviously have such an incredible dedication to the parts that you play and the things that you do. As you’re doing the preparation, are you just focused, knowing you can do it and you do it; or do you ever wake up in the morning or get the sense of, like, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ CB: You mean feeling like the dedication is wasted?
Q: Not wasted, but just sort of almost surprising yourself in what you’re willing to do and what you’re able to do. And, having a few moments of, like, ‘I’m not sure if I can do all this’. Q: …like for RESCUE DAWN or THE MACHINIST? CB: You know, there’s something also to taking yourself away from your everyday life. I don’t mean my family, I bring my family with me. But specifically talking about RESCUE DAWN…being away in Thailand, you feel completely removed. You don’t even have the sense that this is a movie that anybody’s ever going to see, you know. And, I think that’s a very nice feeling. I think it’s the thing that you have to battle against somewhat with larger movies, to still have the balls to treat it like it’s not a movie that’s never going to be seen, and therefore, I personally think, to come up with something more interesting. But, being away in Thailand, it was as much for me about the adventure of making the movie, you know, so everything I did in that movie, I loved doing. I mean, sure, bumps, cuts, bruises, headaches, all sorts of things, but, I willingly put myself in places to get all of that. If I’m understanding your question correctly, the times I’ve felt ‘What am I doing here?’ is when you realize that you’re working with people who aren’t dedicated to what they’re doing at all, and they don’t really care that much. At that point, you just start to feel like a fool, because you’ve committed yourself and you’re thinking much more about it, and you realize that, I don’t know, they’re just kind of walking in. Those are the times that you kind of sit back and think ‘Who’s the idiot here? Am I the idiot? Are they the idiot? I’m not sure.’
Q: So, doing something like THE MACHINIST, there’s no voice in the back of your head saying, ‘God, I could really go for a good cheeseburger at this point,’ or something like that? CB: Yeah, man, what, are you crazy? I chose not to go eat with anybody, because the second I saw or smelled that food, I was like a wolf. And, I had a couple of times when I did do that, and I ate five meals at one go, you know? And, I just went ‘Ahh-h-h-h’ [mimics ingesting a burger in one bite]. And, obviously, your stomach isn’t prepared for that. I felt terrible afterwards, so I just said, ‘I can’t do that,' because you do, you want a cheeseburger every day.
C: At the Q&A last night, you mentioned that you didn’t really have a vast knowledge of film history and, because you’ve been acting since you were so young, you didn’t really have any formal training as an actor either. When you were younger--or maybe even today--did you feel like you had to try a little harder? Did you feel like there’s something maybe you have to prove to filmmakers and other actors? CB: Not anymore. I did. I used to feel that way. I used to feel, hey, there’s a lot of people who paid…they go and study for years to do this, and they have techniques that they use. And, I thought, ‘Ah, maybe I should do that’, but I don’t feel that anymore. I spoke with a few people, you know, who did study…with some pretty good actors, even a couple of heads of drama schools and things, and actually, after having the conversations with them, I kind of felt like ‘Alright, I don’t need to do that. I can quit with this guilt thing,’ you know? But, it was also partly because there was also a slight sense that at that age, you know--you’re talking about 17, 18, whatever—ages when most people I knew were heading to college, and studying and stuff. And, I wasn’t, you know, I was working, and that’s great, but what comes with that are bills to pay and responsibilities and stuff like that. I kind of thought, ‘Eh, maybe I should just throw this in and do what they’re doing, because they’re not doing anything but, you know, kind of studying and goofing off the rest of the time.’ There was a temptation there, sort of, being a bit more normal. But, not anymore, no. I don’t feel that at all. For me, I think that there’s too much talking done about how people act and how to get there and all that, as though it’s some--and I know a lot of other actors will disagree with me on this--sort of mechanical skill that you have to acquire. And, if you don’t have this certain knowledge, well, there’s no way that you could ever do it. I just don’t believe that at all. I don’t think you have to have taken a single lesson in your life, because all you've got to do is watch people. That’s it. You know when you’re faking situations with other people, when you’re in uncomfortable situations and you pretend to be somebody else. You know when you’re most feeling like yourself. Everybody knows that in themselves. Well, that’s it. That’s all you've got to know about, I think, personally. And, then, yeah, there’s a few, just very simple, technical things that just make it easier for yourself to do film acting in particular, where you know, okay, this is the way you do it when there’s a camera following. But, other than that, I don’t see it as being something that needs a whole lot of study.
Q: Christian, can you name three situations that you would be willing to wear a cape in and three that you wouldn’t? CB: Three situations where I would be willing to wear a cape? You mean three situations within BATMAN? First of all, let me say, whichever superhero first came up with the idea of wearing a cape, he wasn’t really onto anything. The number of times I’m treading on that damn thing, or I throw a punch and it ends up covering my whole head, you know. It’s really not practical. As a superhero, I wouldn’t do it ever, myself. I’m not quite following, I mean, I’m wearing a cape every damn day, so I can come up with many more than three situations where I’m wearing a cape. But, practically, actually, the situations where I wouldn’t wear a cape would be crime fighting. I especially wouldn’t choose to don that.
Q: Are you almost done filming [DARK KNIGHT]? How much longer are you going to be working on it? CB: No, we’re going until November. It’s a seven-month shoot. [At this point, the interview is brought to a close, but as I'm shaking his hand good-bye, I got out one more question I was dying to know the answer to.] C: In I'M NOT THERE, which era of Bob Dylan are you covering? CB: I cover two. I play, like, kind of the Troubadour of Conscience, as they called him when he first sort of hit New York, and then I play the Christian era.
C: That's great, thanks. Capone




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  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    FIRST

    by alphachemwolf

    FIRST

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Death Rumor

    by alphachemwolf

    I read earlier that there will be a death of an important character in the Dark Knight, I won't give the name though.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Hugh Jackman plays Bob Dylan

    by Reynard Muldrake

    during Dylan's "Bruce Wayne" era, that's the real bitch of it.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST

    THAT INTERVIEW FUCKING SUCKED!

    by wolvenom

    WTF IS THE BATMAN STUFF WE'RE DYING TO HEAR ABOUT?!?! YOU SHOULD HAVE WENT IN THERE DRILLING HIM WITH BATMAN QUESTIONS... forget his other shitty movies. Especially questions about how it is working with heath ledger as the joker and how bruce wayne/batman has changed in the new film.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST

    I love you, Capone

    by El Scorcho

    Hitting him with a Newsies questions right off the bat was fucking awesome. I've always wanted to hear him reflect on that, as I watched that movie quite a bit as a child. I had heard he never wanted to do it and still hates it. Nicely done. For anyone that wants to see Mr. Bale do a whole lot of singing and dancing, which is really quite hilarious considering the work he has done since, please check it out.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:41 p.m. CST

    As much as I hate to name-check CHUD.com.

    by MaxTheSilent

    That hairy, grotesque douchebag Devin Faraci made a good point about Bale's on-screen persona being so unrelentingly grim. I take his point that at some point Bale should do something a little 'lighter'. I don't know... like a rom-com with Kate Beckinsale or something. We know he does tortured and confliced as good as anybody, how about he brings the funny at some point.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Fuck it, here's a link to "Sante Fe"

    by El Scorcho

    http://tinyurl.com/32fg73 He is quite the performer.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:46 p.m. CST

    They get paid in Hot Carls' and 'Cleaveland Steamers'

    by wolvenom

    and they love it

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST

    THAT INTERVIEW FUCKING ROCKED!

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    WTF is wrong with focusing on the movie that Bale is currently in? wolvenom, clearly you only read what you wanted to read as the precursor to the title of the headline. It mentions a few films and not just Batman. There will be plenty of Batman to talk about closer to the film. What more needs to be said that we all already don't know. <BR> <BR> Great job Capone!

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Harry signs his checks with pudding...

    by wolvenom

    and he pays them in the currency of pubes and peanut butter.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST

    nice answers

    by CherryValance

    only one "Yeah". </p> I'm shocked that he didn't know it was a remake. That's a very famous title.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST

    because no one who comes to this site cares about...

    by wolvenom

    Cause no one who comes to this site cares about bale's other shitty movies. All we care about is BATMAN! BATMAN! BATMAN! BATMAN!

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11 p.m. CST

    Oh, by the way

    by El Scorcho

    Fantastic interview. Bale is my favorite working actor and I just respect the hell out of him. He always comes across as honest and intelligent and not pretentious at all. And he's a fucking great actor.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST

    MaxTheSilent

    by Forsakyn

    Yeah, I read Devin's write-up there, and totally agree. I don't see Bale really playing different characters - it's like he only plays roles where he can brood through the entire film. Woe is me, woe is Christian! I'd like to see him do something lighter, too - just to show some range.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Swear to MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    by Bob of the Shire

    Love Christian Bale and everytime Dark Knight news slips, I pee a little.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Next Deniro?

    by robzass

    Greatest actor of his generation.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:40 p.m. CST

    wolvenom

    by Dr. Butthole

    Your childish post about pudding, pubes and peanut butter made me spit on my computer screen with laughter. Well done, sir.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:47 p.m. CST

    CAPONE KICKS ASS AND TAKES NAMES

    by THE KNIGHT

    let thee haters bitcheth!

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Forsakyn

    by torontoxic

    I thought he was pretty different in Harsh Times. A little brooding but a lot of crazy which was different.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    DEVIN'S WRITE UP

    by THE KNIGHT

    While I see his point, Bale takes roles that he's passionate about... Shouldn't that be the case with every actor? Why does he have to prove himself to you by doing another genre? <p> I'm sure if there was a romantic comedy script that interested him on some level, as far as story and character arc, he'd take it, but obviously that hasn't been the case.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I really dig Christian Bale. Him and Clive owen

    by eggbeater

    are two actors doing some real quality work these days. Shoot-em-up and 3:10 are two films i'm really looking forward to. Good interview.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    HARRY PAYING HIS STAFF

    by THE KNIGHT

    I'm curious as to why Quint went on record saying Capone doesn't get paid... I know it's nobody's business but the drama is very interesting... <p> IS QUINT BEING KEPT IN THE DARK? <p> ARE THE BOOKS BEING COOKED?

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Christain Bale is Man-God

    by Midol Boy

    I worship you.

  • Aug. 29, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Hey, there was a bad storm that ruined my umbrella....

    by Midol Boy

    the other day, and I was wondering if you guys could help me out.<p> http://www.you'reasucker.com and I've got a paypal set up for you there.<p> It'll only take a few thousand dollars. It was a really nice umbrella.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:06 a.m. CST

    you know he wears the cape

    by kafka07

    to bed. naked. that's not gay to think that, is it? oh my god, am I gay?

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:10 a.m. CST

    RE: eggbeater

    by MaxTheSilent

    Funny you should mention Bale and Clive Owen in the same sentence. Because one thing I really like about BOTH of those actors is that I know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about them. I don't know if they're married, if they have children or any of that tabloid crap about their personal lives. I admire their work and nothing else factors into that.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:18 a.m. CST

    MaxTheSilent

    by robzass

    good point

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:20 a.m. CST

    supermarch

    by Forsakyn

    Good to hear regarding Harsh Times - I have that one in my queue, so I should be watching it within the next couple weeks.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:36 a.m. CST

    that cape question was atrocious

    by BadMrWonka

    I appreciate Capone trying to preemptively give some kudos to these writers asking the other question, but that one was horrendous. like something a 10 year old girl would ask, in between giggles.<p>Capone, as always, solid work. good luck with the house.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST

    First

    by Sword23

    Hehehe...

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but Christian, Batman has to wear a cape...

    by BurnHollywood

    Same as Darth Vader...his ass is HUGE!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:23 a.m. CST

    That was kind of awkward to read.

    by losder

    Reads like you just got done watching Inside The Actor's Studio, or maybe you stole a bunch of Lipton's fucking cards or something. <BR> <BR> When you were all 'Christian...' I imagine you giving him a passionate soul gaze and him frantically signaling his people with his feet that they needed to rescue him. Then as he was wrenched away you quickly asked him about Batman and Bob Dylan. <BR> <BR> I think that it would be more effective if you were less spaced out than the talent you're interviewing, but maybe less entertaining.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Bale is one of the best actors of his generation

    by i kick tits

    i think

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Oh whoops, retract! Abort!

    by losder

    I should have read the blah blah blah about your house and your water paypal lady whatever. The Q's made me think this was Quint. <BR> <BR> Brain asplode, NEVERMIND.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Great interview!

    by MorpheusTheSandman

    The interviews here are getting better and better! Way more interesting then the half-baked stuff in the movoe-magazines lately.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Christian Bale is badass

    by BagSalad

    I'm seriously a fan. Even if he hates capes, which are also badass.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:06 a.m. CST

    YES A BALE INTERVIEW!!!!

    by messi

    YES!!!!!!!!! THE BEST ACTOR ON THE PLANET

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Accent

    by Papa Lazaru

    Hey Capone . If you read this , can you please answer one question . Did Bale use his real accent in this interview or his stage American one ? And if he did use his American one , did you think it was a little creepy , knowing he is actually British ? I always find the accent thing very odd.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Best actor on the planet

    by messi

    don't give me "one of the best of his generation" he IS the best of his generation. People know when actors ACT but they don't always see when actors become a character, Bale always does that.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:04 a.m. CST

    That nazi dancing movie

    by optimus122

    I forgot the name but he was damn good in that movie..i remember hating him so bad in it and wanting him dead...after watching it I said screw that guy...it makes total sense to me now that he is so damn good. I wanted him dead and thats the way I was supposed to feel about him..even at the end when he said ZIG HEIL or some shit...I still hated him lol..now I want to make dirty love to him. BALE OWNZ..

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 4:23 a.m. CST

    I'll watch Bale in anything

    by buffywrestling

    I think he is a wonderful performer. My favorite part with him was in "Velvet Goldmine". I was hard pressed to get over the sight of Ewan MacGregor giving it to Chistian Bale from behind. Sort of like Obi_Wan giving it to Batman...but hotter.p

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:18 a.m. CST

    HARRY'S COOKIN THE BOOKS

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    PAY CAPONE! AND VERN!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Bale is a rough one to interview

    by hallowhitch31

    Capone, admirable job duder. We had Bale on our television show to talk up 'Rescue Dawn', and the second we touched on Batman he flat out told us he wasn't going to talk about anything but 'Dawn'. It's understandable, but a lot of people thought he was a prick about it. The man who plays one of the most iconic characters in the history of storytelling shouldn't be shocked that he gets asked about it all of the time.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:04 a.m. CST

    I think Bale's afraid he'll end up like Michael Keaton.

    by wolvenom

    It might explain why he's hesitant to talk about batman all the time. The way I see it is he doesn't want to be like Keaton, one day wandering through times square in rags repeatedly mumbling 'Im Batman' "Mr. Keaton Sir, My name is Officer Wilkins and I'm afraid we can't have you begging on the streets anymore" 'IM BATMAN!' "yes Sir we know but you're going to have to stop asking people for money." 'IM BATMAN!' "Sir am I going to have to use extreme force?" 'IM BATMAN!' ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZAPPPPPPPPPPPPP 'BUAAHHHHHHHHTTTTTMANNNNNNN!!!'

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Seriously. Christian Bale, Russel Crowe, Western...

    by CrichtonAstronut

    How much badass can you fit in one movie. Rescue Dawn was excellent too. And yes, Christian Bale is about the best actor out there now.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Only thing cooler would be Christian Bale and Clive Owe

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Christian Bale and Clive Owen in some Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon, film noirtype of thing. Can you that. Bale and Owen, the two actors who define cool in the 21st Century, doing a film noir together. And Owen's gotta have a trench cot. In fact that should be in contract for all his movies. A trech coatc just magnifies Owen's cool factor by about a hundred. And Bale, buisiness suit in the office planer clothes on the streets to blend in the he makes it all look cool.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    much props

    by vaterite

    Awesome interview. It was great to hear so much about the headspace of the mysterious affected american accent Bale.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    McConaughey Saved Reign of Fire

    by Saluki

    Bale and Butler were standard action movie dressing, in my opinion anyways. It's grim, but I'm surprised women don't fall head over heels for it. Eye candy galore and dragons. They eat that stuff up.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Watched The Prestige the other night

    by slfricky

    And he was great in it. It's hard to believe his voice really sounds like that though, after he used the "Bruce Wayne" voice for behind the scenes and publicity stuff on Begins. Good interview.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I'm not the biggest fan of Begins

    by Mattyboy122

    But I'll see The Dark Knight purely out of respect for Bale. The man is one of the best actors working today, in the same league as Daniel Day-Lewis in my book. Not only that, but the guy seems like a genuinely nice guy, as opposed to your average Hollywood prick. I'll check out 3:10 to Yuma for the same reasons.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:07 p.m. CST

    There's no point in asking Batman questions

    by The Funketeer

    He's not going to really answer any of them anyway. Saw him at Wizard World Chicago and the answer to almost every question was "we can't tell you that."

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Actually Clive Owen IS playing Phillip Marlowe now

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Fuck Sam Spade.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Bale=Legend

    by DirkD13"

    Bale probably doesn't often talk about Batman as that movie has enough hype already, whereas films like Rescue Dawn need all the promotion they can get, and are films that Bale is obviously just as proud of. As for him being 'lighter', allot of his work in American Psycho is extremely light and damned funny, but he sure can release the crazy.

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST

    CrichtonAstronut

    by messi

    you made my load blow. I was thinking a 70's style movie about two cops in the vein of dog day afternoon, serpico andd straw dogs. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Starring Christian Bale and Clive Owen. MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 30, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    reign of fire sucked ass

    by Geek Sodomizer

    wtf are you blabbering

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Q asked stupid questions ...

    by ye olde shiza

    Oh wait ... I guess "q" represents the conglomeration of the other two interviewers. <br><br> What kind of question was that about the cape, anyway? Who asks shit like that? I wish Bale would have punched that guy in the nuts when he asked that ... I felt embarassed for the interviewer. Bale just seemed to stumble all over its stupidity.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 3:11 a.m. CST

    NEW RULE: 3:10 To Yuma sucks mule cock

    by Bill Maher

    Why the fuck would I want to watch a modern wanked-out version complete with everything I hate about movies these days, when the original is playing on Encore Westerns this month? Russell Crowe is no Glenn Ford and Christian Bale is certainly no Van Heflin. Don't get me wrong, Bale is a fine actor. But I'm sick of his fanwhores (every one of them is 400 pounds of pure queerbait) flopping to their knees, jaws agape, waiting with lipsmacking glee for another facial from the guy. Remakes suck.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:19 a.m. CST

    saluki, women DO love the bale.

    by occula

    back in the early days of yore, before blogging and paris hilton, bale was the most-searched person on the interwebs for years. his fan base is sick. us girls love that brooding shit and the talent helps. but i don't think he should do something lightweight, even if the thought of him and kate beckinsale skipping through the streets of new york while 'ain't no mountain high enough' plays on the soundtrack. remember when ralph fiennes did that ghey movie with jennifer lopez? 'nuff said.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST

    hey capone, interesting interview

    by occula

    you know what? i gleaned some intriguing things from that interview, and i don't feel like i hardly EVER learn something about the person in interviews. i learned that christian bale is very guarded maybe because he feels not so knowledgable about film. he's obviously a visceral actor but not somebody who studied hitchcock or anything. i mean, i'm sure he's a smart guy but his answers were cagey in a strange way, like he felt uncomfortable in his own world. ps, his family life: he married winona ryder's former assistant and had a kid.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Lame!!!

    by dundundles

    Interview kind of sucked, except that it was Christian-Mother-Fucking-Bale!!!

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Bale is the best American actor alive today

    by Mahasamatman

    Too bad he's not American. No, actually, he's just astoundingly good. And he has no formal training. I read an interview where he said he regrets never having taken an acting class or getting any training and that he will--one day. God, I hope not. He is so totally authentic and unself-conscious, and the best thing about him is that he UNDERPLAYS everything. When everyone around him goes big, big, BIG, he goes small, tight, intense. SO so good. Watch _The Actor's Studio_ and it becomes instantly clear how easily it is to fuck up an actor with all this self-important about "the craft of acting." Bullshit. In my twenties, I was in a few stage plays, medium-sized productions. All acting is, is doing it, and not worrying about looking cool or looking like an idiot. That's all it is. And we have very few actors who can do that. Go watch a Brad Pitt or a George Clooney movie. Tell me that the number one thing on their minds in every scene isn't "How do I, Brad Pitt, come off playing this scene?" What they should be thinking about is the scene. That's all it is. SO I hope Bale never gets any formal training, which often seeks to put the actor in touch with his authentic self, first, like in some kind of bullshit pop psychology ("You must know and understand yourself completely before you can truly seek to become someone else...") and what ends up happening is that the self remains paramount. All it is is doing it. Honestly. And it's not even hard.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Great interview

    by The Chosen

    Bale is a tremendous actor. Made it clear in Machinist, Prestige, Batman, etc. Really liked the interview... but PLEASE. INTERVIEW HEATH LEDGER ABOUT HIS LITTLE TINY ROLE IN DARK KNIGHT.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    nice interview

    by oisin5199

    I always like the interviews that talk about the experience of filmmaking and acting, not just stupid hype. Did anyone bitching about the lack of Batman stuff ever consider that he may be under contract NOT to talk about the latest film? It's not that he doesn't want to. I think if an intelligent interviewer asked an intelligent question about Batman within the context of acting or his career, Bale would have no problem answering it. But he's not going to give out spoilers, for chrissakes. The guy is a pro, after all.

  • Aug. 31, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST

    No American Psycho questions?

    by Calimist

    Awesome interview but at least reference the mans greatest acting accomplishment.

  • Sept. 1, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Bale Is Genius

    by skoobyx

    Anyone hear that interview with him and Terri Gross on NPR? She asked how he managed to lose his Welsh accent and he basically said that he was so used to speaking in an American accent that he just slipped in and out of it depending on who he was around without having to think about it.<p> Maybe its just me, but that seems pretty impressive.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Go rent the original 3:10 to Yuma

    by GRKent

    They should've called this "2:40 to Yuma" because it falls apart in the last half hour. The original is listed at 92 minutes and this remake is about a half hour longer. There are no spoilers here, but it just takes a left turn with a half hour to go that leaves you wondering why on earth they would do that. By the way, Ben Foster as the lead henchman, Charlie Prince, is great. To be fair there' a lot of nice back story -- although none of it's necessary.

  • Sept. 3, 2007, 7:09 p.m. CST

    'Where were the other drugs going??' 'Swear to ME!!'

    by performingmonkey

    It's totally understandable why he wouldn't want to talk about Batman all the time, particularly while he's still making The Dark Knight. He can't exactly discuss it yet. And he is SO MUCH MORE than Bruce Wayne, even the excellent Bruce Wayne that Nolan, Goyer et al have cooked up. Mentioning the word 'cooked'...the FUCKING BOOKS ARE COOKED AT AICN!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! You make me smile.