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Nov 23, 2013

Hollywood actor Christian Bale has advised the new Batman, Ben Affleck, not to be put off by the internet campaign against his new role.

“Look, there is no middle ground on the internet. It’s just extreme feelings. They love you or abhor you. Ben knows that, and I doubt if he spent one minute worrying about it,” he added.

Online campaigns against Ben Affleck playing Batman have garnered over 50,000 signatures. The campaigns began after Warner Bros announced that the 41-year-old California-born star would succeed Bale as Gotham City’s masked hero.

“I wish him all the best. He’s a very experienced actor and film-maker, he’ll make it on his own,” Bale stated.

He added: “The only thing I said to him is [to] make sure he could take a piss without anyone having to help him. It’s a little humiliating. You have to have someone…help you out of the costume in order to be able to do that. So that was my main piece of advice.”

Bale played the role over an enormously successful trilogy of Batman films (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises), directed by Christopher Nolan. The 39-year-old Bale has already confirmed he will not return to play Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Batman’s next appearance on the silver screen will be in what is being billed as an epic superhero film, Batman vs Superman. The Son of Krypton will be played by Henry Cavill, the star of this summer’s big-budget Man of Steel.

John Roden, a Kentucky resident, was one of those who started the online petitions. One of these petitions claims: “His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice. He’s not built, nor is he intimidating enough for the role of Batman. His portrayal of Daredevil [in 2003, co-starring Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell and Michael Clarke Duncan] was atrocious and he’s not remotely close to an action star. Please find someone else.”

Warner Bros have slated the film for release in July 2015.

Source: IB Times

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Nov 20, 2013

The Transformer: Christian Bale
After redefining the superhero genre as Batman, Bale is back to doing what he loves best: disappearing into messy, larger-than-life characters—leading-man looks be damned—for fiercely independent filmmakers.

To begin with, there’s the comb-over: A spectacularly ugly piece of business that Christian Bale glues onto his head and into movie history in David O. Russell’s dark comedy American Hustle (out in December). It is, without a doubt, a maverick move, but that’s nothing new for a man who welcomes disguise (The Prestige) and physical transformation (The Machinist). Bale is a bit of a conundrum: Even when he’s the superhero in the title (The Dark Knight), he behaves like a character actor. He never triesto look like a star—even if that is simply impossible, as in Scott Cooper’s gritty revenge drama Out of the Furnace (out December 6)—and he certainly never acts like one. It is perhaps telling that his Oscar is for Best Supporting Actor (Russell’s The Fighter), not Best Actor. “It isn’t about him, it’s always about the character,” Cooper says. “He goes against a large percentage of actors who want to be known for what they do offscreen, who want to be personalities.” That disinterest in celebrity and dedication to keeping his personal life private allows for an uncommonly pure viewing experience. It’s a blueprint you can see younger leading men like Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Tom Hardy following closely. And it’s the reason notoriously picky directors like Russell, Christopher Nolan, Terrence Malick, and Todd Haynes keep circling back. Bale has three major films in progress for 2014, including Malick’s Knight of Cups and Ridley Scott’sExodus. We spoke with the 39-year-old star as he was preparing to undertake a transformation of biblical proportion to play Moses. • Read full story »

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Nov 19, 2013

He has battled villains the Joker, the Penguin and Ra’s al Ghul and saved the city of Gotham countless times, but Christian Bale has told incoming Batman Ben Affleck that the hardest thing about playing the caped crusader is going to the toilet.

Bale, who became one of Hollywood’s best-known stars during his three-film run as the DC Comics superhero, was asked if he had offered any advice to Affleck in the wake of the latter’s casting in the upcoming “Superman vs Batman” movie. His advice: avoid getting caught short in the Batsuit.

“The only thing I said to him was to make sure to [be able to] take a piss without having anyone help him, because it’s a little bit humiliating,” Bale told Access Hollywood during promotional duties for his new film Out of the Furnace. “You have to have someone … help you out of the costume in order to be able to do that. So that was my main piece of advice for him.”

In a separate interview for MTV, Bale revealed he came up with the deep-throated growl adopted by Batman during the Christopher Nolan years in order to help lose himself in the role.

“They put me in Val Kilmer’s suit,” said the Oscar-winner of his audition. “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. 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.'”

“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 fucked that one up, didn’t you?’ Thank God they went for it. [The voice] ain’t for everybody. Ben’s obviously going to have to do his own thing, but it was the only way that I could find how to get into that and to justify wearing the fricking Batsuit. Otherwise, he’s just loopy beyond belief. He’s loopy, but he’s loopy with a method to his madness.”

Bale also praised “Batkid”, aka five-year-old leukaemia survivor Miles Scott. He said the tiny superhero, who saved the city of San Francisco on Friday as part of a huge endeavour by the Make-A-Wish foundation, proved the enduring nature of the character.

“You look at this kid, Batkid … That gives the whole point. It doesn’t matter which actor is playing him. He’s a symbol. He’s so much bigger than any actor. That’s all. This little kid, he doesn’t really care which actor’s playing him. It’s the symbol of the whole thing, and that’s what makes the character so fantastic. I look forward to seeing what Ben will do with it.”

Source: The Guardian

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