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Feb. 5th, 2014
Interview: Oscar Nominee Christian Bale Holds His Roles to a High Standard
INDIEWIRE.COM – Meeting Christian Bale for the first time, you realize how much baggage you are bringing into the room. It’s because he has shown so much intensity, shape-shifting and commitment in a range of roles that are far more consistently memorable than most actors can claim over a long career, launched 26 years ago with Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun.” He doesn’t agree– a sign of the high standards to which he holds himself, which have served him well.
Clearly he knows how to pick roles– and deliver. He finally landed a Best Actor nomination for “American Hustle.” Bale is pleasant and forthright as he talks about his latest performances in two excellent films hitting theaters during the height of award season. He’d rather talk, though, about hard-working factory welder Russell Baze, a good man trapped by an unforgiving world in Scott Cooper’s carefully structured rust-belt drama “Out of the Furnace.” That seems to have been a more pleasurable experience than the wildly improvisational set of David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”
Bale should have known what he was getting into after his performance as a drug-addicted trainer in Russell’s “The Fighter” yielded a supporting actor Oscar. Bale’s wily Long Island con-man Irving Rosenfeld in “American Hustle” is an astonishing creation that has to be seen to be believed. This time the actor gained 50 pounds, perfected an elaborate comb-over, and is utterly, hilariously believable as the reluctant husband of blonde bombshell Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) and ardent lover of fellow con-artist Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). Who else could have pulled this off? (Bale clearly has little to say about the Russell film, although he may change his mind.)
Anne Thompson: How do you make decisions about what you’re going to do and who you’re going to work with?
Christian Bale: Depends what your situation in life is. There are many films you look back on and you can say, “he didn’t think about the director at all.” You’re being very complimentary and presumably you’re talking about the better films. There might be a lot of good ones, but there’s a lot of bad ones. They’re there, ok? Obviously you’re not making the right choices all the time but you know what? Necessity. Sometimes this is how you make your living.
When you’re in a fortunate enough position which yes, I am now, where you can say, “you know what? Finish the film. I don’t have to be working within another month.” I think, what a wonderful position to be in, that you’re not just desperately trying to keep yourself afloat but you actually say “wow, how did that happen?” There’s nobody who becomes an actor who’s a good businessman. It’s just total bloody luck. You suddenly find yourself going “what? I just did something I like doing?” And I’m actually now in a position where I don’t have to work for a little while, and in that case yeah, you’ve got a responsibility, you best be doing something that’s really good! At those moments you are declaring who you are and what films you want to make.
The nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were just announced and Christian bagged a nomination for ‘Best Actor’ for his role in “American Hustle”. He’s up against Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Dern, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This marks Christian’s second Oscar nomination.
“American Hustle” leads with a total of 10 nods, including “Best Picture”, “Best Director”, and “Best Original Screenplay”. Chris’ co-stars, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams, are also nominated.
“American Hustle” took home the most awards of the night at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, including “Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical”, winning against “Her” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
While Christian himself did not snag “Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical” (the award went to Leonardo DiCaprio), his co-stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were named Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in a comedy or musical, respectively.
Christian was sadly not in attendance to join the rest of the cast and crew to accept the award on stage but congratulations are in order to everyone who made it happen!
20th Century Fox (via Empire) has released the first image of its biblical pic “Exodus” with Christian Bale as Moses. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film offers a new take on the classic story. The photo features Christian on a horse with a statue of Rhamses being built in the background.
“Exodus,” co-starring Aaron Paul and Sigourney Weaver, opens Dec. 12, 2014.
We’re used to Christian Bale dressing as a winged creature when he’s out for justice, but director Scott Cooper has him looking for a missing brother (Casey Affleck) with just guts and determination in Out Of The Furnace. The first pictures from the film are online over at USA Today and can be seen below.
Furnace finds Bale as Russell Baze, a steelworker who must confront criminals such as Woody Harrelson while on his mission to find his wayward sibling. But he’s not your typical action movie star. ”Russell is not of that personality, nor does he wish to be,” Bale tells the paper’s site. “But he finds himself having to confront these people in order to do the right thing. He’s only got his own fortitude and will power, nothing else.”
According to Cooper, Bale went to his usual lengths to research the role, talking to local steelworkers and even having one of them record their voice so he could get the accent right. He also worked in the local furnace. “It’s long hours, unhealthy conditions and intense heat,” says Bale. “It’s dangerous work. The guys had recently lost a friend who had died on the job. But there’s a great bond. And they have a love for it, despite the hardships.”
For more from the director and his leading man, including the fact that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has collaborated on the soundtrack, head to USA Today.
With Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard also among the cast, Out Of The Furnace will be in our cinemas on November 29.
One film we’re keeping half an eye on for the upcoming awards season is Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace,” a starry thriller about fraternal loyalties tested to the limit, with a starry cast led by Christian Bale and Casey Affleck. It’s Cooper’s first film since 2009′s “Crazy Heart,” which won two Oscars (including Best Actor for Jeff Bridges), while producers include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ridley Scott and the late Tony Scott.
It’s a top-drawer project all round, and distributors Relativity Media seem understandably high on its awards prospects — which is a big deal for them, having never steered a major Oscar contender before. (Earlier this year, Tarsem’s “Mirror Mirror” reaped the still-young company its very first Oscar nod, in the field of Best Costume Design.) So confident is the company, in fact, that they yesterday announced they’re changing the film’s release date from October 4 to November 27, going wide on December 6 — placing it right in the post-Thanksgiving prestige crush.
One could go back and forth on the wisdom of this move. Relativity president Robbie Brenner makes no bones about the intent behind it: “Scott Cooper has made a powerful, moving and brilliant film that we think will generate a tremendous amount of conversation and attention during this awards season. We are confident that this new date will give Scott’s film the platform and support it deserves.”
That may be the case, but opening in or around December has been a riskier strategy since the Academy compressed its awards calendar 10 years ago. (As we so often note, the last December release to take the Best Picture Oscar was 2004′s “Million Dollar Baby.”) Smaller films, in particular, have often fared better with an earlier release to build up buzz. Actually, that goes for some bigger films, too: “Argo,” after all, was an early October release.
Still, Cooper’s last film opened in mid-December and fared well in the race. That was a Fox Searchlight release. Relativity is obviously a less seasoned outfit, but they currently have no other major awards hopefuls on their books, so “Out of the Furnace” should benefit from their undivided attention. (Unless you count Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s slight sex comedy “Don Jon” and the umpteenth redo of “Romeo and Juliet,” neither of which look like significant factors at the moment.)
“Out of the Furnace” stars Bale as a blue-collar worker forced to take independent action when his Iraq-vet brother (Casey Affleck) joins a dangerous crime ring and disappears. The story sounds familiar, but if Cooper and his cast — which also includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana and Willem Dafoe — bring authentic feeling to it, that shouldn’t matter. It didn’t with “Crazy Heart,” after all. Source
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born on the 30th January 1974 and is an English actor. Christian first caught the public eye in 1987 at the age of 13, when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg's 'Empire of the Sun'. A young Christian played an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. In 2000, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Patrick Bateman in 'American Psycho'. In 2004 Christian earned his reputation as a method actor after he lost 63 pounds to play the role of Trevor Reznik in 'The Machinist' and then had to quickly bulk up for the role of Batman for Christopher Nolan's trilogy. In 2005 'Batman Begins' was released, followed in the trilogy by the outstanding 'The Dark Knight' starring the late Heath Ledger as The Joker in 2008. The last in the trilogy 'The Dark Knight Rises' was released in 2012 with nemesis Bane played by British actor Tom Hardy. He also portrayed Dicky Eklund in the biopic 'The Fighter' in 2010 alongside Mark Walberg, for which he won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
The Last Photograph (2013). Role: N/A Status: Pre-production. Synopsis: A war drama in which two men are inspired to travel to Afghanistan by the titular photograph.
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American Hustle (2013). Character: Irving Rosenfeld Status: Post-production. Synopsis: An FBI sting operation in the 1970s called Abscam leads to the conviction of United States Congressmen.
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Knight of Cups (2013). Character: Rick Status: Post-production. Synopsis: A man is in search of love and truth.
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Out of the Furnace (2013). Role: Russell Baze Status: Post-production. Synopsis: An ex-con attempts to blend into his new surroundings in an Indiana town, but is haunted by a figure from his past.
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Lawless (2013). Role: N/A Status: Post-production. Synopsis: Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas. Official
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