Full disclosure right up front: I’m a big Christian Bale fan. He can use his goofy Batman voice all day long and I would still love the guy. I can move past Terminator Salvation because he was brilliant in The Machinist, American Psycho, The Prestige and, by all accounts based on early reviews, his forthcoming role in The Fighter. The man’s a great actor, no doubt.
With that said, Bale is not somebody I would ever hope to interview. We’ve all heard the infamous rant from the Terminator set and the stories of domestic abuse, but even putting those aside, when you read his interviews, the man can’t help himself from practically oozing his disinterest at every turn.
Well, it turns out that Bale simply doesn’t like giving interviews, a confession he made during an ironically wonderful interview with Esquire Magazine. Speaking with a journalist over Stella Artois at a Los Angeles hot spot, Bale spoke quite candidly about a number of topics, including — and most vindicating to me — the fact that he straight up hates giving interviews:
I want to be able to just act and never do any interview, but I don’t have the balls to stand up to the studio and say, ‘I’m never doing another interview in my life!’ So I tip my hat and go, ‘Okay mister! All right mister! I’ll go do the salesman job!’
Bale also spoke about his discomfort with stardom, saying:
Well, it’s embarrassing to be a star. Most people look at you like, “That’s not a fucking job, is it?” And then on top of that, you learn very quickly that you’re just a tool — other people are manipulating everything you do, you’re at the mercy of editors, and there’s nothing you can do. But I learned that there’s a certain character that can be built from embarrassing yourself endlessly. If you can sit happy with embarrassment, there’s not much else that can really get to ya.
There’s a lot more, including why Bale chose Batman and his admiration for Dickie Eklund, the former boxer that he’s portraying in The Fighter. I highly recommend giving it a read if you’ve got a few minutes to spare; it’s a great interview, even if I’m incredibly thankful that I wasn’t within earshot of it.
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