Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman

31 Jul

Yesterday I started reading Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman by Harrison Cheung. Beginning with Bale’s success a child star, the book delves into the actor’s relationship with his father, his explosive temper and eventually the commitment Bale shows to his acting.  The author also reveals that Leonardo DiCaprio has been Bale’s long time rival along with Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor. Cheung worked as Bale’s publicist for more than a decade and claims he was treated for post traumatic stress syndrome after resigning.

According to the author, Bale consistently upset his fans and family. He writes:

“Pity the fan who recognized Christian at a restaurant.”

“He refused to sign autographs while he was seated. He would lecture little  girls about being rude and intrusive until tears streamed down their faces  and their parents tugged them away from our table.”

As for his method acting, Bale obsessively prepared to play serial killer and sadist Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Apparently Bale constantly worked out, practiced his American accent daily and left creepy messages for friends and family in character.

Even after reading Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman, I still like Christian Bale…a lot. He’s good-looking, talented, committed and he picks interesting mainstream and indie roles. That doesn’t mean I’m oblivious to the fact Bale probably has some serious personal issues and a volatile temper, i.e. his rant on the set of Terminator: Salvation. 

 

I believe almost everything that Cheung says about Bale and his family, yet I can’t help thinking that Cheung was extremely naive to think working for a Hollywood star would be glamorous and fun.  Really, have you ever thought of movie industry as a nice place to work? It’s a demanding business and if Cheung was working as a publicist, he should have prepared himself for temper tantrums and troubled actors.

Do I think Bale’s personality will affect his success? No. There are plenty of successful actors known for being difficult on set i.e. Edward Norton, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman and Julia Roberts.  Actors’ careers only really suffer, in the short or long-term, when their personal lives become public and they start commenting on it, i.e. Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson.

In recent years, Bale’s personal life has become more prevalent in the news, but he rarely comments on any incidents or rumors. Since Bale’s notoriously private, I think he’ll have a long and successful career.

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2 Responses to “Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman”

  1. JB July 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I do enjoy it when you get gossipy. I agree that Bale’s attitude will in no way affect his career – and I have to say I think that is largely because he is male (and talented of yes – but mostly because we are far more accepting of this behaviour from actors vs. actresses). Julia Roberts is known to be a queen “bitch” whereas Bale is affectionately known to be a “bad boy”… but let’s be honest, both he and Roberts are bitches… and I love them both for it.
    Also – have you heard the rumours about he and Anne Hathaway? It has been pretty widely accepted that this blind item is about them (the #1 riddle): http://laineygossip.com/Articles/Category/1057/Details/20812/Three-Weeks-and-a-Friend’s-Couch-blind-riddles-27jul11
    Juicy!

    • calmiron July 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      Scandalous! I’m surprised that an affair would happen between Hathaway and Bale because I felt like they didn’t have the best chemistry in TDKR.

      I’d have to agree that Bale’s behavior is more acceptable because he’s a man. It’s like the Stewart-Sanders debacle. I think that Stewart’s career will really suffer and Sander’s will thrive.

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