Christian Bale felt the weight of the world on his shoulders when he played Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The American Hustle actor has taken on the “extreme character” in the new blockbuster, and he had to change his methods to do the Egyptian prince justice.
He told the Sunday Mirror’s Notebook magazine: “Moses is the most extreme character I’ve ever played.
“Because of that I actually changed the way I behaved on set. I kind of kept to myself, because I find it very difficult to get to know people too well and then play a character.”
The film – directed by Ridley Scott – sees Christian’s character as the defiant protagonist who fights against Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) by sending 600,000 slaves on a journey to escape Egypt, and the star even claimed Moses was even more difficult to perfect than murderer Patrick Bateman in the 2000 movie American Psycho.
He said: ”I thought: ‘I’ve got to turn him on and off because he’s too much.’
“You know, I played Patrick Bateman in ‘American Psycho’ where I stayed in character, but Moses is way more extreme than Patrick Bateman.”
Christian – who is married to Hollywood stunt double Sibi Blazic – admitted he found it difficult getting back into shape for the movie, having previously played overweight con man Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle.
He added: ”I was thankful to wear loose-fitting tent-like clothes throughout the film, as I was desperately trying to lose weight. I didn’t feel playing Moses as a fat guy would be fitting.”