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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.”

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37 Responses to “Christian Bale Covers 'Esquire' December 2010”

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  1. 1
    British Latin American Says:

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

  2. 2
    yassss Says:

    Chris Farley, really? O.o

  3. 3
    caro Says:

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

  4. 4
    wire Says:

    “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.

  5. 5
    Donna Says:


  6. 6
    jane Says:

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

  7. 7
    offtheproperty Says:

    He’s bore and dulling.

  8. 8
    mary Says:


    I abhor your grammar.

  9. 9
    Shirylgirl67 Says:

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

  10. 10
    Rio Says:


    plz learn some English.

  11. 11
    Jim Says:

    Wonder if his relatives are still mooching off him.

  12. 12
    JWald Says:

    @Shirylgirl67: Ugh! Get over yourself, shirly.

  13. 13
    M Says:

    he looks surprisingly great!

  14. 14
    Butter_Fly Says:

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

  15. 15
    Shirylgirl67 Says:

    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

  16. 16
    zzzz Says:

    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.

  17. 17
    laverdadduele Says:

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

  18. 18
    martha Says:

    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.

  19. 19
    mejay Says:

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

  20. 20
    Regular Jo Says:

    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.

  21. 21
    Regular Jo Says:

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

  22. 22
    Skyler Says:

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

  23. 23
    TXpert Says:

    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.

  24. 24
    better to talk about family Says:

    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

  25. 25
    JWald Says:

    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.

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