Christian Bale talks with Access about his decision to take part in co-writer and director Scott Cooper’s new movie, “Out of the Furnace.” Also, he tells Access why it was “immensely” helpful to film on location in Pennsylvania. Plus, Christian talks about working with the “immaculate” cast.
While promoting his new film, “Out of the Furnace,” Christian Bale chats with Access about the “delightful” story of San Francisco’s “BatKid.” Plus, he reacts to Ben Affleck being the next Batman. So, what’s his advice to Ben for playing the Dark Knight?
Even the Dark Knight was moved by the goings-on in San Francisco..
It was hard to avoid mention of the Bat-kid online this weekend, and for good reason. It was an enormously sweet story with some amazing images available, a pretty great combination.
Earlier today, I sat down with Christian Bale to talk about his work in the new film “Out Of The Furnace,” and it was pretty obvious from the moment I walked into the room that he was in a great mood. I know Bale has a reputation for being very intense, but I’ve always found him to be a thoughtful, articulate interview. You just have to walk in ready to have a real conversation. Today, though, there was that extra something, no doubt motivated in part by the pride he takes in his work in the film.
I had to ask him about Bat-kid, but not just about the boy. I mean, I think it’s safe to say that no one’s going to be coming out as strongly anti-Bat-kid in the press any time soon. My question was more about how it feels to be part of a legacy that can inspire people the way they were inspired by this story.
One of the reasons I can’t get too worked up one way or another about any of the details that are starting to emerge about Zack Snyder’s Superman and Batman film is because Batman is one of those characters who will continue to be re-interpreted by new filmmakers and new actors over time, and if you don’t like one version of Batman, just wait a while… there’ll be a new one along soon enough.
In this case, it seems to me like Bale appreciates not only what the films meant for him while he was making them, but what it means to be part of something that will continue to inspire audiences young and old in the future.
The ‘Dark Knight’ actor explains that it was his only way to not feel ‘like an idiot.’
When people look back on Christian Bale’s turn as the Caped Crusader in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” Trilogy, alongside the darker tone and more serious take on Batman, they will remember the actor’s signature Batman voice. The growl was as much a part of the character as his cape and cowl, and back when Bale was originally auditioning for the role, the voice was what set him apart.
As a part of the “The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition,” Warner Bros. released clips from several audition tapes, including Bale’s, and the topic of his voice came up in a new interview with Nolan as he looked back on the screen test.
When MTV News caught up with Bale during a press day for his new film “Out of the Furnace,” he recalled his thought process going into the audition and what it was that made his add the gravel to his voice.
“I got there. They put me in Val Kilmer’s suit. It didn’t even fit properly, and I stood in it and I went ‘I feel like an idiot.’ What kind of guy walks around, dressed like a bat? And is then going to go ‘Hello, how are you? Just ignore that I’m dressed as a bat.’ Of course, he’s meant to be doing this,” Bale said. “If you look at the history of the guy and the pain that he went through. I went ‘I can’t do this in a normal voice. I have to become a beast in order to sell this to myself.’ ”
Even though that voice would go on to define what people thought of Batman’s voice, the initial reviews of Bale’s audition weren’t as sterling as his later ones. “I went home that evening, and my wife said, ‘How’d it go?’ I went, ‘I kind of did this.’ And I showed her, and she went, ‘Oh, you f—ed that one up, didn’t you?’ ” he said. “Thank God they went for it.” [Read more…] about Christian Bale Was Afraid Batman Voice ‘F—ed Up’ His Audition
How sweet… it seems we have a Batman bromance on our hands!
Christian Bale hung up his Batman cape last year after the “Dark Knight Rises,” and now he’s ready to “pass the mantle” to Ben Affleck. The “Out of the Furnace” star had only kind words for Ben, who will star in the new “Batman vs. Superman.”
When “Extra’s” Renee Bargh asked how Bale felt about Ben landing the part, he replied, “Good for him!”
Bale added, “He’s a really experienced actor and filmmaker and he’ll do a great job… it was time to pass the mantle to someone else, as it should be. It has always been the case with Batman. I’m sure they will do a fantastic job with it.”
Watch the video for more about Ben, and get Christian’s reaction to Batkid’s adventures in San Francisco!
“Out of the Furnace” opens in limited release on Nov. 27.