Contactmusic speaks to Christian Bale about one of his latest films Public Enemies, the true story of bank robber John Dillinger.
CM: You choose your roles very carefully. What attracted you to Public Enemies?
Bale: Three people: Melvin Purvis, John Dillinger and Michael Mann.
CM: What kind of a man was Melvin Purvis?
Bale: He was very dynamic, though ultimately tragic. Purvis was from a Southern Patrician family. He wanted a job in the State Department, but joined the Justice Department because they were they only ones that had available positions at the time.
CM: Does this movie show us who he really was?
Bale: Well, what we see in the film is only the tip of the iceberg of his life, which was truly fascinating.
CM: How successful was he?
Bale: He rose very quickly in his career, so that in his late 20’s he became a special agent in Chicago -the hot spot in America at that time. [Read more…] about Contact Music Interview Christian Bale