I’ve added new high quality candids photos of Christian Bale arriving at LAX on May 19, 2012.
- (x012) Candids in 2012: Arriving at LAX – May 19
I’ve added new high quality candids photos of Christian Bale arriving at LAX on May 19, 2012.
I’ve added new filming photos of Christian Bale and Natalie Portman on the set filming their new movie, “Knights Of Cups” in Malibu on May 30, 2012.
A new picture of Christian Bale emerges in a just-released biography by his former publicist and assistant, Harrison Cheung.Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman, published May 29 on BenBella, reveals an actor who fought desperately to emerge from the world of independent British cinema into a complex, often incorrigible but above-all, ambitious global superstar.
HuffPost Entertainment read the book and found the following 14 details to be of particular interest. Some of these tidbits were previously covered in the media, but others — like which of his characters he most identifies with — appear to be new information. Before reading, consider one important note: Cheung once worked for the “Dark Knight Rises” star and no longer does. The following items are all taken from a book that is written from the former publicist’s point of view. Cheung writes in the book that he was never actually paid for his years of service, so their relationship was certainly not uncomplicated.
We’ve reached out to Bale’s representative for comment and will update the post as soon as we receive word.
1. Edward Norton, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt all passed on the role of Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho.” Though there was a great deal of negative buzz surrounding the picture (which changed directors as well), Bale felt the film could help him break into America. “I don’t want to be a movie star,” Bale told Cheung. “I want to be an actor. All this talk of career suicide … I rather like that I’m running contrary to what everyone expects.”
But Leonardo DiCaprio wanted the role. Lionsgate issued a press release during Cannes in 1998, announcing that Bale had been replaced. Bale was livid: “Losing this role is like having a pencil shoved through my brain.” The studio offered him a supporting role, but Bale refused to consider that. DiCaprio eventually bailed after Gloria Steinem urged him not to take the role, which she said could inspire copycat murders from within his teen fan base.
The role then went to Ewan McGregor, who had just been screwed out of his lead part in “The Beach” by the newly landed DiCaprio. Bale begged McGregor not to take it, and the latter passed.
2. On the set of “American Psycho,” Bale was required to appear nude multiple times. He used a “cock sock” (Cheung says it’s an “industry term”), a “fleshtone spandex pouch” which covered his genitalia. Co-star Guinever Turner mocked the size of Bale’s sock, which led Bale to exclaim, “Goddam her!”
3. Bale would call up family and friends in the character of Patrick Bateman, greeting associates with “It’sssssssss Patrick!”
4. DiCaprio proved to be Bale’s biggest rival. Movies the latter lost to the fresh-faced Leonardo: “This Boy’s Life,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” “Romeo & Juliet,”“Titanic,” “The Beach.”
5. He turned down the role of James Bond. After “American Pyscho,” Bond producer Barbara Broccoli met with Bale and “intimated that the role of 007 would be Christian’s for the taking” after Pierce Brosnan’s contract expired. Bale resented the character for representing “every despicable stereotype about England and British actors.” He told Broccoli that he had “already played a serial killer.”
6. He was up for the part of Jake in “Training Day,” but was told he looked to old to play the rookie cop. The role would eventually go to Ethan Hawke, who won his first Oscar nomination for the part.
7. Bale once paid Cheung with a computer, and the following note: “Enjoy the computer. Sorry I’ve not been able to pay you anything for all of your work, but I hope the computer can suffice until a time not too far in the future when we’ll form a huge corporation, take over the world and sell out! Love, Christian”
8. Bale once admitted that, of all his roles, he identified most with Patrick Bateman.
9. He had an especially fraught relationship with his fans. When a fan letter reached his Manhattan Beach home, he sent a fax to Cheung that said the fan should be “eliminated.” “Better to be safe than sorry,” he wrote. “A screwdriver thrust thru the eyeball into the brain prevents any screaming. Let me know how it goes.” When fans would approach him in public, Bale would “lecture little girls about being rude and intrusive until tears streamed down their faces, and their parents tugged them away from our table.”
10. Steven Spielberg asked Bale to do a cameo in “Schindler’s List.” Bale refused.
11. Bale’s infamous crash diet for “The Machinist,” which led him to lose 65 pounds, consisted of water, an apple and one cup of coffee per day, with the occasional whiskey. Eventually, it cost him his social life. “In the end, I had to stop going out. I realized that wasn’t going to work. I’d do a bit of eating hardly anything and losing 51 pounds and then I’d put on 7 pounds bingeing one night because I’d have a couple of drinks. So I decided no more social life, no more friends, no more dinners, no more drinks.”
12. “It only took me five years of therapy to get past my Bale years,” Cheung writes. “My therapist would describe my condition as post-traumatic stress disorder.” Bale demanded Cheung sign a non-disclosure agreement before paying him, which Cheung refused to do.
13. “Batman Begins” was a passion project for Bale, and one that he dedicated to the memory of his father. This despite the fact that his relationships with his parents were deeply complicated (Bale’s father tried to stop his son’s involvement with “American Psycho,” for example).
14. Bale did not attend “Dark Knight” co-star Heath Ledger’s funeral.
Source: Huffington Post
Only for a movie as hugely anticipated as The Dark Knight Rises can the vaguest bit of information about the ending be considered spoiler-worthy. But just as fans ofHarry Potter spent years pondering what J.K. Rowling meant when she said she had already written the last line of the last book, screenwriter David S. Goyer’s recent hints about the ending of The Dark Knight Rises— and the finale of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films– can make your brain spin. From Empire Magazine (as transcribed by Screen Rant), here’s what he had to say about how long he and Christopher Nolan have known exactly how their Batman trilogy will end:
“The final scene of The Dark Knight Rises is exactly [the] scene we talked about [when Christopher Nolan and I started the trilogy withBatman Begins]. It remained completely unchanged. We both knew in our hearts that we were onto something special. I have to tell you, having finally seen everything strung together a little while ago and seeing that scene, I got a complete lump in my throat.”
Alright, so far so good– these two planned way ahead, and they pulled it off, and we can all consider it a good thing. Now here’s where things get a little spoilery, maybe. The Empire interviewer suggested to Goyer that that long-imagined ending might be hugely anti-commercial, given that Nolan and Goyer are wrapping up their time with the Bat and can really leave things wherever they want. Rather than play coy, Goyer went right for it:
“Yup! That’s why it’s ****ing exciting!”
For as long as Nolan’s dark universe for Batman has been clear, there’s been speculation that he might be willing to kill the hero at the end of his run as director– after all, what better way to explore the lawlessness and despair of Gotham City than to kill the hero we all rely on? Of course, the studio has already made plans for more Batman movies once Nolan steps away, but if you know comics you know that they can easily kill Batman in the Nolan universe and bring him back, good as new, in another series of films.
But would Nolan actually do it? I still have a hard time believing he’d take joy in killing off the character he’s devoted nearly a decade to exploring, regardless of what the studio wants. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking from someone who generally wants her superheroes a little less dark. Let us know in the comments what you think Goyer might be referring to, but also embrace the fact that there’s absolutely no way we’ll know for sure until the movie finally comes to theaters July 20.
Source: Cinema Blend
Christian Bale says Tom Hardy was “gleeful” on the set of the new Batman movie.
Christian portrays Bruce Wayne/Batman in the hotly-anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, while Tom is the villainous Bane. Although they play arch enemies in the film, the pair got along famously while shooting scenes together.
“Tom’s a real fascinating actor. He’s going to be creating some wonderful characters over his career and he’s doing so with this. He’s kind of just gleeful coming into work every day,” Christian told Collider.com. “He’s the real deal. I’m very impressed with him. I’m very impressed with all the cast on this one.”
Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway have also joined the cast for the last instalment of the comic book franchise.
Marion is high-powered socialite Miranda Tate, while Anne plays Selina Kyle/Catwoman. [Read more…] about Christian Bale: Hardy is excitable
Christian Bale has hinted at his character Bruce Wayne’s story in The Dark Knight Rises.
The actor will play the billionaire superhero vigilante for the third and final time in Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming Batman threequel. And now he has revealed that the murder of his parents when he was a child still motivates him.
Bale told HitFix: “He doesn’t want to forget [his parents deaths]. He wants to maintain that anger he felt at that injustice. But equally he wants to present this very vacuous, soulless persona to Gotham, so that hopefully no-one will suspect him but will just think he’s a spoiled bastard.
“Consequently, in his most intimate moments he has Alfred [his butler], he has Rachel [his late love interest] and there is not a whole lot there.”
Bale added that Wayne will have to “relearn” how to live, having missed out on so much life experience. He said: “At some point, he’s got to start living. He is seriously behind in terms of life and enjoyment of life. That’s all been sacrificed and at some point, hopefully it’s Alfred’s wish that he will start to live again.
“Of course this tragedy has defined him, but to a degree he’s sacrificed everything that most people would consider worth living and he’s going to have to relearn that, embarrassingly late in life.”