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In anticipation of Exodus: Gods and Kings‘ release on Dec. 12, director Ridley Scott and star Christian Bale sat down for a SiriusXM Town Hall with EW to discuss the film as well as some of their other biggest projects.

Scott and Bale covered a range of topics, from the work that went into the new retelling of the classic story of Moses, to the director and actor’s processes in approaching the material.

In the first clip, Scott gives an update about the possible Blade Runner sequel in development. He talks the status of the script, his involvement, and whether star Harrison Ford will be returning.

While Exodus has received some early criticism for its casting of white actors like Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton to play Moses and Ramesses II, Bale defended Scott’s casting decisions at the Town Hall.

And in their attempt to bring Moses to life, Bale and Scott spoke to some of the costuming preparations that went into the character, including just what exactly they used to make his beard.

Bale has undergone plenty of physical transformations for his roles, however, which extend far past his ability to grow his hair out. The actor has lost weight for one film, then gained it all back for another, only to lose it again for the next. Bale spoke to just how much of a toll that lifestyle has taken on him.

Finally, Bale spoke about his last blockbuster role, that of the caped crusader in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises‘ ending has left some fans wondering just exactly whether Bruce Wayne lived happily ever after, or if it was all a dream. Bale weighed in on how he saw the close to the trilogy.

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