Christian Bale, famous for diving deep into his roles, offers a window on how he created his most memorable characters.
American Psycho (2000)
Bale studied Wall Street bankers to play a yuppie killer. ”That was a deeply satisfying movie, because no one had wanted me to do it.”
The Machinist (2004)
What motivated him to shed an eerie 63 pounds to play an insomniac? ”Mind control. Wanting to know, Could I do it? Now, looking back at it, I think, ‘Holy s — -!”’
Rescue Dawn (2007)
Director Werner Herzog ”likes to see how far he can push people before they chicken out.” No chicken, Bale lost a ton of weight (again) — and even ate maggots.
The Dark Knight (2008)
”Had to get in shape for that one. I wanted to see Batman as an animal, a beast. When he dons that mask, that’s when he channels his rage.”
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Special-ops soldiers instructed Bale on how to handle weapons. ”They’ve had experiences I’ll never have, so yeah, I want to study that.”
”MY CONCERN WAS THAT PEOPLE WOULD UNFAIRLY JUDGE THE MOVIE BASED ON MY BAD BEHAVIOR,” SAYS BALE.