When your name has become a verb to other actors, you know you're doing something right. ie. If you're "pulling a Christian Bale", then you've probably just gained or lost a tremendous amount of weight all in the interest of transforming for a role. He's done it a few times. Down for "The Machinist". Way back up for Batman. Down again for his Oscar winning role in "The Fighter". And guess what, he's back up again to play none other than Dick Cheney in a upcoming film.
That's the Christian Bale who sat with Josh for this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", an actor who relishes going all in. And he goes all in for this conversation, speaking with surprising candor about what it took to play a man who dresses up as a bat, why he regrets his Terminator movie, and how he moved on from that infamous leaked audio meltdown on the set of that same film.
All of that plus the tantalizing fact that one franchise Christian could envision himself joining is Star Wars! Christian's new film is "Hostiles" from director Scott Cooper. It's now out in theaters.
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