Making Christian Bale “all happy and shiny”

Posted by · 8:42 am · December 6th, 2010

I’m tellin’ ya, Christian Bale is taking from the Mo’Nique school of Oscar campaigning more and more.  Okay, not really, though that’ll make a nice narrative for the press to wrap around his usual prickliness as the season unfolds, just you watch.

Of course, I’m sure Paramount would rather he go through the usual tame but hype-driving motions.  Witness “The Fighter” co-star Mark Wahlberg, who has already exhausted the same talking points on what a feat and a challenge his work on the film and behind the scenes was (and not to take anything away from a guy who really wants a nomination, because I do have a lot of respect for what he did with this film on camera and off).

But for Bale, the standoffishness will be the story, and I’ll submit this: at least it’s unique, in the scheme of this particular season, anyway.  And the latest example, after a humorous Esquire Q&A, is this Dennis Lim interview in the pages of The New York Times.

You get an idea of what’s in store early:

As he made clear in the course of a 90-minute conversation, during which he was more or less good-natured though not exactly approachable, Mr. Bale does not like to talk about himself, his life, his work and certainly not about the notion of craft as it applies to what he called “the extremely silly profession” of acting. But he is putting up with the scrutiny for the sake of “The Fighter.”

Lim gets quotes from “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan and Dickie Eklund, who Bale portrays in the film, regarding the actor’s process.  But sometimes he gets stuff like this out of Bale:

[Director] David [O. Russell] would say a couple of times, ‘O.K., be Dicky,’ and that’s just not the way I work…I kind of slowly do it, like a frog that you stick in cold water and slowly turn up the heat so it never knows it’s being boiled alive…Eventually it’s just happening but it’s vague, the line where you started. And when you’ve done it that way, it can take a bit of time to wear off.

The rest is the same sort of psuedo-profile for which the actor has confessed a distaste.  And call it what you want.  But I’ll keep reading because I’m getting a kick out of him calling “bullshit” on virtually every element of the process.  It’s cathartic.  But that’s me.

[Photo: The New York Times]

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7 responses so far

  • 1 12-06-2010 at 10:15 am

    Kian said...

    Love this guy! What a breath of fresh air!

  • 2 12-06-2010 at 10:27 am

    Joseph said...

    He should have one Oscar nomination already for American Psycho.

  • 3 12-06-2010 at 11:28 am

    Fitz said...

    He’s got to win this Oscar. Got to. Seriously what does the man have to do?

  • 4 12-06-2010 at 11:34 am

    Maxim said...

    How about just chill?

  • 5 12-06-2010 at 1:11 pm

    Mitchell said...

    I would love to be in the room when Mo’Nique and Christian Bale discuss Oscar campaigns. Or anything else, for that matter.

  • 6 12-06-2010 at 3:22 pm

    Carson Dyle said...

    Joseph: Two. Empire of the Sun boasts one of the most refined child performances ever.

  • 7 12-07-2010 at 10:21 pm

    Leone said...

    this makes me love him even more. he and wahlberg played those brothers to the bone and deserve recognition for their work. and I think they are in life, as great of a balance as they are on screen.