Christian Bale arrives at Los Angeles International Airport on December 14, 2015.
Christian Bale has been nominated for the following categories at Screen Actor Guild Awards 2016.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry
STEVE CARELL / Mark Baum
RYAN GOSLING / Jared Vennett
MELISSA LEO / Georgia Hale
HAMISH LINKLATER / Porter Collins
JOHN MAGARO / Charlie Geller
BRAD PITT / Ben Rickert
RAFE SPALL / Danny Moses
JEREMY STRONG / Vinny Peters
MARISA TOMEI / Cynthia Baum
FINN WITTROCK / Jamie Shipley
Did you know Adam before you signed up for The Big Short?
I’d not met Adam, but he just called me, you know, he’s obsessed with the financial crisis, and he’s a very engaging guy. I really drank the Kool-Aid when it comes to Adam, he’s the shit. And I loved the idea that the guy who had done all of the Will Ferrell films was going to be tackling this. And when he sent me the script, I just fell for it. I did some research on Mike Burry, and looked at some interviews, and read lots of things, and thought, Absolutely. He’s a wonderful character. And I then went and met Mike, and it turns out he’s a wonderful person as well.
Michael Lewis said your performance, the way you mirrored Burry’s affect, was “borderline creepy.”
That’s so nice of him. I had the best time with Mike Burry. He’s clearly a brilliant man. But he is also an incredibly heartfelt, very sincere man. When we started, it was very early in the morning. We had coffee, and we talked nonstop until was dark. About absolutely everything under the sun. It was a very interesting day, far more for me than it was for him. He is just such an engaging man, and so unusual, and somebody who I became incredibly fond of. And unfortunately I won’t be able to make the New York premiere because I’ll be here working, but I’m hoping he can make it to the L.A. premiere, because I really want to sit next to him and see if he’s going to punch me in the face.
It’s interesting to me that you describe Burry as engaging and charming, since those are not words you usually associate with people on the autism spectrum. Or high-finance people, for that matter.
He is one of the most sincere people I have ever met. And at the same time as having such an incredible mind, he feels immensely, for the information he gathers, for the situation of the markets.Continue Reading
Nobody except Adam McKay, the former Saturday Night Live head writer turned director of such unserious movies as Anchorman and Step Brothers, who in March 2014 persuaded Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company, Regency and Paramount to let him bring the book to the screen. McKay, 47, co-wrote the script (with Charles Randolph), tackling head-on the complexities of the subject matter and bringing a satirical edge to the material — a funny, angry, Michael Moore-style piece of advocacy in which the entire American financial system is the villain, complete with characters talking incredulously to the audience and actress Margot Robbie explaining subprime mortgages while sipping champagne nude in a bathtub. With Steve Carell on board as investor Steve Eisman (whose name is changed in the film), Christian Bale as neurologist turned hedge fund manager Dr. Michael Burry and Ryan Gosling as a composite character based on Deutsche Bank trader Greg Lippmann, the $28 million film came together in January (Pitt took a small role as an angel investor, and Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Finn Wittrock and many others round out a deep cast). In one of the faster turnaround times for a studio movie, The Big Short was ready for its well-received premiere Nov. 12, ahead of a Dec. 11 release and a spot in this season’s awards race.
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