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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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Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise Divorcing

29 Jun

Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from Tom Cruise after 6 years of marriage.  The exact reason for the divorce is unknown, but I’m sure it’ll say “irreconcilable differences” in court papers.

This was Katie’s first marriage and Tom’s third; he was previously married to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman.

Can we even pretend to be surprised that the marriage ended?  Holmes is 16 years younger than Cruise and has said multiple times that she fantasized about marrying him as a child.  Infatuation only lasts so long and Cruise has started to look unstable in the last decade.

His obsession with Scientology and cussing out people who take prescription drugs has definitely affected his career and box office appeal.  Maybe that’s why you shouldn’t hire your sister as your publicist.

I think we’ll all just have to wait and see how ugly the divorce gets.

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