Christian Bale’s Testy Esquire Interview: Does He Need Anger Management?
Why is Christian Bale so angry all of the time?
It’s obvious that Christian Bale doesn’t like journalists or writers. He makes that very clear in the interview he did with Esquire for their December issue to promote his movie, The Fighter. In fact, he has specific instructions that every interview he does must be printed in a Q&A format.
We’re scared he may find us and yell at us just for writing this little blog post!
Clearly perturbed by Bale’s restrictions on his writing and his disdain for answering any questions, Esquire writer John H. Richardson pushes all of Bale’s buttons in the article, “Christian Bale May Kill Someone Yet.”
Throughout their interview, Bale has many instances of anger, self-deprecation, and a hate for all things Hollywood. Here are some of the highlights that made us scratch our head and think, “What is he so angry about?”
Christian Bale on hating interviews:
“No, it’s simpler than that. I want to be able to just act and never do any interview, but I don’t have the balls to stand up to the studio and say, ‘I’m never doing another interview in my life!’ So I tip my hat and go, ‘Okay mister! All right mister! I’ll go do the salesman job!’”
On his disdain for discussing how his movies were made:
“I don’t get it when you get so much openness about the way movies are made, and the special effects and the behind-the-scenes stuff and all of that. I can’t help but feel like this reduces it a little bit. It’s something that shouldn’t just be handed out as an extra on a DVD. It should be sought out by serious potential filmmakers who wanna learn how to do it.”
On how being a movie star is “embarrassing”:
“Believe me, I have things I revel in without any hesitation. This is just not something to be quite as proud of as many people would have you believe… Art is something to be proud of. Art is no compromise. As an actor, you’re giving it up, you’re at the mercy of so many other people. So are you truly reaching the lofty goals? No, of course you’re not. And there are some movies where that was never the aim anyway.”
On how he wants to be invisible:
“I have to admit that yeah, it’s absolutely perverse, it’s contradictory, it sounds hypocritical, I like being invisible. ‘A f&*king actor? Who says he wants to be invisible? Oh yeah, good choice, mate.’ But the point is, you do get to become invisible as an actor.”
Is being a movie star really that bad, Christian? Are you so angry because you picked a career where you’re life is in the spotlight, even though that’s something you obviously hate? Do you ever smile? Are you going to yell at us for writing this? (Esquire)
Tell us: Why do you think Christian Bale is so angry?
Faye Brennan is assistant editor at BettyConfidential.