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Christian Bale Covers 'Esquire' December 2010

Christian Bale Covers 'Esquire' December 2010

Christian Bale is “funny and sometimes testy” in Esquire magazine’s December 2010 cover interview. Check out what the 36-year-old The Fighter actor had to share:

On not wanting to talk about his family or personal life: “Look, I’ve got incredible pride for my family. I’ve absolutely fallen into that cliché of a dad who could just happily talk about my daughter endlessly. But it’s not what I’m about in terms of being an actor. I don’t want people to know about that…I don’t want people to know me….Because that buggers up my job. Because if you know something about somebody, it gets in the way of just watching the guy as the character.”

On an actor he admires: “Chris Farley was just phenomenal. Beverly Hills Ninja will always remain one of my tops. I have watched that movie. One time I sat down and watched it two nights in a row, and cried with laughter both times. The guy just was a phenomenon, and is missed dearly in my household.”

On what he would’ve done if he weren’t an actor: “I think I probably would have tried to experience my own stories in the way my father did — the sort of travel, the randomness of life, educating himself through experiences. I think I get that partially through acting, but you have to make an effort to be in an unprotected environment because everyone thinks you’re a completely incapable idiot who couldn’t possibly brush his teeth without an assistant. You have to make an effort in order to be able to actually experience the country that you’re in.”

For more on Christian‘s cover interview, visit Esquire.com!

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  • British Latin American

    Esquire must really be going down. They couldn’t take a better pic of the marvelous Christian Bale?

  • yassss

    Chris Farley, really? O.o

  • caro

    this guy has a strong personality and he’s funny to read in this interview and also he’s really good-looking

  • wire

    “I don’t want people to know me….Because that buggers up my job. Because if you know something about somebody, it gets in the way of just watching the guy as the character.”

    He’s right.

  • Donna

    Cool

  • jane

    He has the right attitude as an actor, sad that most Hollywood actors don’t feel that way.

  • offtheproperty

    He’s bore and dulling.

  • mary

    @offtheproperty:

    I abhor your grammar.

  • Shirylgirl67

    Did everyone forget how he yelled at that poor man on the set?
    He should be ashamed of himself. It was really unprofessional.

  • Rio

    @offtheproperty:

    plz learn some English.

  • Jim

    Wonder if his relatives are still mooching off him.

  • JWald

    @Shirylgirl67: Ugh! Get over yourself, shirly.

  • http://youhavebeenchosen.wordpress.com M

    he looks surprisingly great!

  • Butter_Fly

    He looks better than this. That facial hair doesn’t look good on him.

  • Shirylgirl67

    @JWald:
    You’re right. I’m bummed. I thought everyone would agree. Everyone is giving me the thumbs down. I wrote something unpopular the other day and someone called me hillbilly. Blogging is not for the weak at heart! LMAO

  • zzzz

    Yeah, Shirly I’m not sure why you supposedly need to “get over yourself ” for having an opinion. Why not just say, “I don’t agree!”
    I know what you mean @ Christian’s blowup-I love him and think he’s hot, but have had trouble forgetting the incident, and it downgrades him. Hopefully he has learned and is dealing with his temper issues.

  • laverdadduele

    Finally! A talented actor on the cover of a magazine. A nice change from all the POS we see at the magazine stand.

  • martha

    He’s a terrific actor and obviously a doting father. I don’t need or want to know all the details about his family life, which isn’t any of my business.

    We don’t know the full story [and never will] about any shouting matches he was in, and since we all know that gossip outlets will continue to throw them in his face and ours at every opportunity, despite not knowing the whole story and ancient history, I chose to ignore.

    Imagine yourself being famous and having some unfortunate incident you’d rather not remember, being brought up constantly, in front of audiences and readers long after the fact? Ouch… unfair, uncool and currently irrelevant.

  • mejay

    Such an amazing and versatile actor, and what an entertaining interview! Love em!

  • Regular Jo

    Shirly, I agree w/ you about his shouting at the set staff, he was (and is) a self-important douche. We DO know about it because it was on tape, for crying out loud, and it went on for days, which prompted me to think he has anger (and other) issues. That mentality isn’t conducive to an endearing person and doesn’t make me want to patronize him in any way. I don’t care if I get thumbs down from the fangirlies and boys, I can say what I want to, this isn’t his fansite.

  • Regular Jo

    @wire: Right, that’s why you come on celebrity news sites, huh?

  • Skyler

    If this article doesn’t make people like him, nothing ever will. One of the realest actors in Hollywood.

  • TXpert

    FOR ME…..Bale is a real deal and real actor. He’s intense and gives gerat performance everytime. His unconventional background and being raised by his Dad put a strain on his relationship with his Mom..their relationship problems as well the leaking of his rants behind the scenes was a foul move by the press and sneaks.

    All actors freak out and ..if the rants were all leaked NO ONE would have work. This unfortunately hurt Bale’s image and box office and was one -sided.

    I like his work …that’s all that matters.

  • better to talk about family

    It’s better to talk about your family than to scream at your coworkers.
    That screaming tape is a far,far bigger distraction to his acting ability than any story about his family, Inc the ones who called the cops on him

  • JWald

    I just don’t get why people are so focused on the rant. This happened over two years ago! He didn’t slap his wife like Mel Gibson, throw a phone at someon’e head like Russell Crowe, break a paparizzi’s camera on someone’s face like Sean Penn, he didn’t call his daughter a greedy little pig like Alec Baldwin or threaten a hooker in a hotel suite across from his children’s room like Charlie Sheen. He broke no laws, he made his apologies humbly and we should just accept it.

    All of these celebrities have an ego whether we like it or not. He is not the first to yell at someone on set and he won’t be the last. It certainly won’t stop me from enjoying a good film.

  • Rain

    “Oh, so intense, he’s so real” yadda yadda.
    He’s pretentious and boring. He can’t even give a straight answer about what he’d be doing if he wasn’t an actor, no, he has to blow smoke out his *** and come off all artsy and “intense” LMAO. In truth, he’s the absolute worst Batman. I can’t stand watching it because that voice he does is ridiculous.
    To the person that said “one of the realest actors in Hollywood” LMAO, pay more attention in English class.

  • Rain

    @jane: What’s so sad about it? A lot of Hollywood actors don’t want anybody up in their business. It’s the D-listers that want to flaunt it. Bale’s attitude ain’t that unique.

  • Shirylgirl67

    @Regular Jo:
    You rule. Thanks.

  • Jasmine

    Love. him.

  • Juno

    @TXpert:
    “All actors freak out and ..if the rants were all leaked NO ONE would have work. This unfortunately hurt Bale’s image and box office and was one -sided.”
    No, they don’t, and Bale needed to be called out for it. If you act out, you pay the price.

  • Frankthetank

    “I have a sissy job” “I never want to do another interview” What the hell is his deal anyway? If he has such a sissy job then why is he doing it? Is he trying to sound like a bad ass or something? If you’re an actor it’s expected that you do interviews and everything. At least some actors deal with it better. Look at Johnny Depp and Heath Ledger for example. They dislike fame as well but at least they have a better attitude about it compared to Bale. Bale is not that great of an actor to have this demeanor. Deniro, Pacino, and Brando have that same vibe to them towards interviews but at least they’re great at what they do. Bale is just an average actor who tries way to hard and isn’t authentic. Ledger and Depp who hates their private lives being public will always be better than this piece of garbage. My respect for Bale has dropped ever since his tantrum with his family and terminator salvation. Hope this dip *beep* loses at the oscars or better yet never get nominated. I wish Heath was alive. That guy is a true actor who was always kind to everyone. Heath should be alive and Bale should be dead.

  • cari

    Hottest man on the planet. And this is his BEST look.
    He’s channeled Batman, Connor, Bateman ….and JESUS.
    I’m sure he’ll be nominated for Dickie.
    The interview is really funny. Love how he ‘played’ the whiny writer.
    Christian is one of nicest and smartest guys in the business. Wish they would just leave him alone to do what he does best.

  • Jokergurl

    Christian is just dashing no matter what his hair is like or what he’s wearing, he’s a phenomenal actor. As for his rant, I could care less, when you’re on a film set time is money, sometimes a LOT of money , as much as Bale gets into his characters I’m surprised the assistant director didn’t get knocked out, while Bale was being John Connor. So he’s got a temper, so what. He’s not the first to chew someone out on a film set, it still bothers me that someone actually recorded it though. I always enjoy his interviews, he doesn’t BS he’s just honest and interesting.

  • Jokergurl

    Christian Bale just dashing no matter what his hair is like or what he’s wearing, he’s a phenomenal actor. As for his rant, I could care less, when you’re on a film set time is money, sometimes a LOT of money , as much as Bale gets into his characters I’m surprised the assistant director didn’t get knocked out, while Bale was being John Connor. So he’s got a temper, so what HE’S BATMAN! He’s not the first to chew someone out on a film set, it still bothers me that someone actually recorded it though. I always enjoy his interviews, he doesn’t BS he’s just honest and interesting.

  • akgirl78

    @zzzz:
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion? 100% Yes. But an opinion based on only some of the information is not right either. The rant was taken out of context, we don’t know all the facts as to what was going on set because remember non of us where there. Everything we are basing our feelings on is a 4 min tape that was leaked for money, revenge or possibly both. Other sources that have gone on record defending Bale have said that the DP was asked several times not to move around during filming. Other crew members have said that the DP was not a very nice man that he verbally abused his crew and that many of the crew sent flowers to Bale thanking him for putting the DP in his place. Why has non of this been brought up by the entertainment media? Because its more entertaining to tear down a know name in the industry than it is to pick on a no name DP. While I don’t think Bales handling of the situation was right he is human and sometimes human emotions get the better of you. Everyone has been there, whether its been with your parents, spouse, kids, better half, co-worker, friend or (my heaven help you) your boss we’ve all done and said things that we knew we shouldn’t have but in that moment emotion over rid all other rational thought. There’s always more to every story whether its good or bad. Forming an opinion based gut reaction is normal but taking a step back and trying to see the bigger picture is truly enlightening.

  • akgirl78

    Loved the article. Very well written and I loved how honest Bale was. I agree with a lot of what he said and some of it i didn’t but overall you have to admirer anyone who refuses to play monkey boy just for entertainments sake.

  • Liset Lee

    This article is just too contradictory. His movies are better than this .

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