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Hot Headed Christian Bale Turns Up the Cool

Christian Bale, long noted for his intensity as an actor and his hot head, has finally found his cool in a new interview with WSJ magazine. He talks about his infamous 2009 meltdown on the set of “Terminator Salvation” and his latest picture “Gods and Kings,” which is also drawing heat.

(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)


“When you do these press junkets, you end up doing a lot of interviews, and you feel like you’ve gone a bit insane. And some people poke you like you’re an animal in a zoo, looking for a response,” he says.

(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)


“Everyone’s a bit damaged, aren’t they, by something? You’re not really an adult until you’ve been damaged by something. Would I ever let my own children go through that? No way in hell, because I would say they’re a victim.”

(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)


“One thing I’ve heard consistently said to me throughout my life is, “You know what I’ve noticed about you, Christian? You hate hanging out with winners. You love losers. The more of a loser, the more you love ’em.” (Laughter) I hate the “loser” title, but I do kind of realize there’s something to it.”

(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)


Terminator Salvation and apologizing to the public about his outburst on set: “Look, it didn’t work regardless. But if it was going to fail, I wanted it to fail on its own merits. (Laughs) Not because people said what an a–hole I am, you know?”
(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)


His persistence to win back the American Psycho role from Leonardo DiCaprio: “I just pretended it didn’t happen. I’m English, so I never go to a gym, but for that role it was part of the whole deal that I had to go. I still kept going down to the gym every day because I was going, ‘Oh, I’m making the film.’ I would call [American Psycho director] Mary Harron—she’d be having a nice dinner with her family—and I’d go, ‘So Mary, so when we do this scene….’ And she’d go, ‘Christian, Oliver Stone is directing, DiCaprio is playing your role.’ I said, ‘Right, but you said it, my role, all right? It is coming back, so let’s talk about it, because it’s coming back to us.’ And she’d go, ‘Christian, can you please leave me alone?'”

(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)


An example of the paparazzi harassing his family: “I was in Italy with my wife. I would go to work; she would leave the hotel. There would be a man who stood outside of the hotel, and he would say the most obscene things imaginable to my wife. Now, that happened a number of times. I know what he’s after; he has a strategy there. Am I able to say I’m not gonna give him that satisfaction of angry Christian Bale coming after this man? But equally, he’s killing my humanity and my dignity as a husband if I do not, and he knows this. So you’ve got a choice.”

(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)


Pressure from his family to find success with acting and his conflicting feelings about it as a career: “…I had a natural love of it but also far too early had the responsibility of, ‘Please take that thing that you love, but can you make sure that you just keep doing it? Because we need that.’ So there’s a hatred of it coming through. So I’m always doing that, all through filming there’s like, I love it, then, I can’t stand it, it feels like the most stupid thing ever.”

(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)


George Clooney voicing concern about privacy and tabloids: “It doesn’t matter that he talks about it. It’s like, come on, guys, just shut up. Just get on with it and live your lives and stop whining about it. I prefer not to whine about it.”

(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)


(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)


(Photo by Mikael Jansson for WSJ. Magazine)

Christian Bale Ups His Cool Quotient in WSJ Mag (Click Photos to Enlarge!)
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