|CHRISTIAN BALE: YES, IT IS THE SAME GUY
|» 24 Jan 2011
British actor Christian Bale transforms himself yet again for his latest, Golden Globe winning role. He talks to John Hiscock .
Ever since his first starring role at the age of 13 in Steven Spielberg’s epic Empire of the Sun, Christian Bale has had a reputation for being “difficult.” A publicist’s nightmare, the British-born actor made it plain early in his career that he hated giving interviews and often sat through entire sessions without answering any questions. Although he later softened his stance and endured the process, his behaviour both on and off the set attracted unfavourable attention.
Just after the second of his Batman films, The Dark Knight, was released, he was arrested in London for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister.
The charges were dropped but soon afterwards he launched a profanity-laced tirade at a cinematographer on the set of Terminator Salvation for allegedly crossing his line of sight during a scene. After a recording of the rant was released on the Internet, he issued a public apology.
The Christian Bale who strolled into a Beverly Hills hotel suite to talk about his latest movie, The Fighter, was neither difficult nor badly behaved. He was, however, completely unrecognisable with shoulder-length hair and a full beard.
“You’re looking at unemployment,” he laughed. “Lately I’ve been getting called Jesus Christ or Charles Manson.” He was, he said, feeling happy because he had just been playing with his five-year-old daughter Emmaline. “I was rolling around with my daughter and she was just being funny, so I’m coming away from that in a good mood right now.” Bale, 36, was reasonably affable although he made it plain he was uncomfortable talking about himself. “I want to talk but I try not to show too much of myself,” he tried to explain. “I always figure hey, look, I’m not a rock star, I’m an actor. I’m somebody who’s meant to be other people and I’m not meant to be here representing myself. I’m happier when I’m presenting myself as other characters.