Christian Bale on Batman & Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn is out now, but we still asked him about Batman ( July 6, 2007)
Christian Bale really wants us to wait until his new movie, Rescue Dawn, opens this summer to run the interview he just gave. But he’s about to shoot The Dark Knight and he actually talked about it, so everyone please remember to go see Rescue Dawn on July 4 in select cities. It’s another intense Bale performance as a POW who plans a breakout, and you won’t believe the crazy stuff Bale does in it. Read the rest of this entry »
EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987)
THE ROLE In his breakout performance, Bale carried an epic Steven Spielberg movie on his 13-year-old shoulders, playing Jim Graham, a British boy in WWII-era Shanghai who is separated from his aristocrat parents, captured by the Japanese, and held in a POW camp. Read the rest of this entry »
Werner Herzog’s first dramatic feature in five years is Rescue Dawn, retelling the story of Dieter Dengler, the subject of Herzog’s 1999 documentary Little Dieter Must Fly. Christian Bale plays the navy pilot whose plane was shot down over Laos in a pre-Vietnam War mission. After trying to survive in the jungle, Dengler was captured, tortured and thrown into a POW camp for months of rigorous conditions before finally escaping.
ComingSoon.net spoke with Bale and his co-star Steve Zahn, who played Duane, Dieter’s accomplice in their great escape from the POW camp. (Check back soon for video interviews!) Read the rest of this entry »
There’s a moment in “Rescue Dawn” that, when viewed through the lens of war stories and tales of human endurance, is nothing short of sublime. Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) has been imprisoned in a Laotian POW camp for six months, and following a daring prison break, he casts off his shackles in a bid to try his odds out in the wild, forbidding jungles that separate him from his American comrades. Wading down the river, cold and hungry, he spots a snake slithering across a rock. But rather than avoid the danger, Dengler grabs the snake, whacks it against a rock, and bites into it raw.
It’s at once a shocking – and maybe even disgusting – gesture, but rarely can I recall an image that more forcefully evokes the grit of human determination and the euphoria of a man, written off as dead, returning back to life. This, my friends, is a survivor, and if it takes biting into a snake to survive, then all snakes better beware.
Directed by art house icon Werner Herzog, this snake scene is not all that unusual for just about any character in any Herzog film. Long fascinated by that tipping point, where sophisticated society reverts back to raw, animalistic behavior, Herzog’s perhaps best-known recent film is his documentary “Grizzly Man,” which told the story of activist Timothy Treadwell, who turned his back on humanity in favor of living with the bears in northern Alaska. Read the rest of this entry »
The movie is still shooting, yet two fake teaser trailers for “The Dark Knight” have surfaced on the internet- one of which goes to great lengths to feign authenticity.
Warner Bros quickly released statements denying that any official trailers have been released, and that the clips in question are both ‘fan-made’.
Both trailers focus on playing cards, however one of them has clearly gone to great pains to convince audiences it’s real.
The trailer in question shows playing cards being thrown on to a table, with what presumably is the Joker talking out of shot. The audio makes it hard to understand what he’s saying, but the last line is believed to be “The essence of laughter is insanity”, to which a joker playing card falls on the table and the villain’s trademark cackle can be heard as a burning bat-logo appears. Read the rest of this entry »
I have received an email by Carrie as she quoted the following message, she sent me below. Regarding the premiere of “Rescue Dawn” and event of Comic Con for “The Dark Knight”:
Christian is in chicago. Official premiere of “Rescue Dawn” will be around the 20′s of June. Wish he would be in New York for this. They are in Chicago shooting The Dark Knight. They are off today the 4th, but resuming shooting tomorrow the 5th in chicago and will not be attending for comic con in san diego at all, which is in late july. But for anyone interested they will be attending the Wizard World comic con in Chicago of sorts during the mid August time around 9th to 12th I think.
Despite his great body of work, beginning when he was just a boy starring in Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun in 1987, Welsh-born actor Christian Bale is now firmly stamped in our memories as the latest, darkest and maybe hunkiest Batman! Next summer he’ll appear in The Dark Knight, the sequel to the popular Batman Begins and we recently saw him as a brilliant magician opposite Hugh Jackman in The Prestige. This 4th of July, get ready to see Christian display some serious acting chops in Rescue Dawn.
“Dawn” is based on the true story of German-born Dieter Dengler who, in the 1960′s, came to America to be a test pilot; joining the military to live his dream. Whoops, here comes the Vietnam War and on Dieter’s first mission, he’s shot down and captured by Vietcong guerrillas! Rescue Dawn details the flier’s brave, sometimes cocky and just plain resourceful struggle to rally fellow prisoners who are living in horrible conditions and, ultimately, escape to face a grueling trek to rescue and survival. Read the rest of this entry »
Spawn star Michael Jai White has reportedly joined the cast of The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan’s sequel to Batman Begins.
Moviesblog.MTV.com says martial artist-actor White will play “Gamble” in the film. Dark Knight producers Charles Roven and Emma Thomas described Gamble as “one of several mob bosses attempting to take over Gotham’s streets now that Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson in the first Batman flick) is out of the picture. As Dark Knight opens, Batman and Jim Gordon must decide whether to focus their energy on aspiring thugs like Gamble, or the homicidal Joker (Heath Ledger), a costumed anarchist bank robber.” Read the rest of this entry »
Christian Bale is an actor who may be as well known for what he does to his body as he is for his body of work. He’s done extreme things to that body in the name of art. Turning it as hard and sharp as an ice pick for American Psycho. Hollowing it out enough to nauseate in The Machinist. Making it lethal enough to become the first Batman we can really believe. Running it down to the bone again as a prisoner of war in Werner Herzog’s new film, Rescue Dawn. But did you know he did a movie in 2002 called Reign of Fire in which he battles (sometimes on horseback) fire-breathing dragons in a post-apocalyptic Britain? And were you aware of Equilibrium, the Matrix junkies’ Matrix, which also came out in 2002 ? a movie that, according to Bale, is a big hit with our servicemen overseas? Read the rest of this entry »
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