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Get the DETAILS on Christian Bale

Get the DETAILS on Christian Bale

Here are some great new pictures from the inside photo spread of Christian Bale in the June 2008 issue of Details. And here are some more highlights from the interview:

Taking the role of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho was widely regarded as career suicide. Yes. I always enjoyed the idea of self-destructing on purpose, taking something that was important to me—acting—and just becoming unhireable. To test how important it really was for me. [American Psycho] turned out to be the opposite. That brought me much more work.

Do you remember the last time you were [in danger of not making enough money to support yourself through acting]? [Long pause.] I know absolutely when it was; I’m just trying to decide how comfortable I am talking about it. Certainly . . . what year are we in? 2008? Only going back five years. Absolutely, yeah. House repossession—all that.

Have you ever done anything just for the money? Movies? Um . . . well, I guess there was one particular time—and I won’t tell you what it was—but it was following closely on the heels of the other thing that I didn’t want to talk about very much. It ended up that I found a great many experiences from it—but the motivation was completely keeping the head above water, yes.

How good do you think you are at being famous? I don’t really understand the question. Because there are people that you would undeniably call famous, and I’m not. You can go to many, many people and say “Christian Bale” and they have no idea who the hell you’re talking about. They might have seen a number of my movies, but they’ll still have no idea who you’re talking about. So I don’t think I’m qualified to talk about fame.

To read the full Bale interview, visit Details.com.

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