Christian Bale isn’t your typical GQ cover boy, but that’s exactly where he’s landed this month, in part because he cares about his new collaboration with David O. Russell, amsterdamin which Bale is also a producer.
The $82 million film has an uphill battle in its first week of release. Despite being reserved at 3,000 theaters nationwide, only expect about $10 million in ticket sales, according to analysis by Deadline’s Anthony D’Alessandro. Given that, Bale said he decided to take a chance on a big, brilliant interview to help push the movie forward.
“People have always told me that these kinds of things help,” said the actor. saying GQ. “I never believed it. But, I was like, ‘Oh, well, okay.’ It matters to me. I care, you know?
Another thing that mattered to him was not getting stuck in the role of Batman after the success of his multi-billion dollar collaboration with Christopher Nolan on the film. dark Knight trilogy. But if she did, she said, there would be an advantage: she would eventually stop acting.
“I loved it because I was like, ‘This could be it. It could never be anything other than that. And for a lot of people, I won’t,” Bale said. “I thought, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll be forced to do something different.’ And maybe this damn thing [acting] that I was forced to do as a child that I didn’t want to do in the first place, I’m leaving. And I am free. And then it didn’t happen.”
So how did he insulate himself, and his ego, from the negative effects of the cultural phenomenon that Nolan’s films became?
“I always felt like it was something someone else did, really, in a lot of ways,” Bale told the magazine. “I was like, ‘Oh yeah. That happened there. And that’s going really well there, I heard. That’s great.’ And I go to Ralphs, the supermarket, to buy bananas.”
The Oscar winner continued: “I have never considered myself a leading man. he is alone bored. You don’t get the good parts. Even if I’m playing a lead, I pretend I’m playing like, you know, the fourth or fifth character down, because you have more freedom. I also don’t really think about the overall effect that [a character’s] Will have. It is for me to play, as animals and children do. Have tunnel vision about what you’re doing, don’t think about the effect you’re having.”
Bale says that his career has been planned with “zero strategy. I think some people mistakenly believe that I’m a leading man, and that goes on and I don’t get it.”
Speaking of male leads, there’s a Hollywood hero getting his first look at all the juicy roles according to Bale, including Patrick Bateman in American Psycho: Leonardo Dicaprio.
“Oh friend. It’s not just me. Look, to this day, whatever role someone gets, it’s only because they approved it beforehand. It doesn’t matter what anyone tells you. It doesn’t matter how friendly you are to the directors. All those people I’ve worked with multiple times, they all offered him each of those roles first. Right? One of those people told me that. So thank you, Leo, because you literally get to choose everything you do. And good for him. It’s phenomenal.”
But Bale, who has won as many acting Oscars as DiCaprio, says he doesn’t take it personally.
“Do you know how grateful I am to receive any damn thing?” asks the actor. “I mean, I can’t do what he does. I wouldn’t want the exposure he has either. And he does it superbly. But I suspect that pretty much everyone in Hollywood who is a similar age to him owes their careers to him, whatever project it is.”