We all know by know how testy Christian Bale can be sometimes. The Batman star highlights some of that and more in the December 2010 issue of Esquire magazine. And yeah, Bale is at his surliest best.
The Welsh-born actor unleashes quite the fury on interviewer John H. Richardson. Not only does Bale aim to take over his required "Q&A" interview, he detests being asked about "the process" of making a film. He also loathes questions remarking on his choice of films (you have a friend in Dame Judi Dench, Christian) and how he manages to avoid talking about his personal life. Don't talk to him about Newsies either.
But things start getting really interesting when Bale, whose next role is in the David O. Russell-directed drama The Fighter, rambles on about how his job sometimes makes him feel like a "sissy." Losing 63 pounds for his role in 2004's The Machinist was his way of taking control.
"I have a very sissy job, where I go to work and get my hair done, and people do my makeup, and I go and say lines and people spoil me rotten," Bale said. "And everyone has that kind of curiosity of how far can you go, how far can you take it. I think it's always good testing yourself."
Bale also goes on to say that he's "bored s***less" with himself and that his movie star responsibilities drive him somewhat mad. Uh, I think we knew that already? Er, right?
"Well, it's embarrassing to be a star," he explained. "Most people look at you like, 'That's not a f***ng 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."
Read on here for more of Bale's ranting and raving.
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