Here is a list of the best Christian Bale quotes. He has had leading roles in Batman Begins, The Prestige, American Psycho, Reign of Fire, and many other films. Christian Bale has developed a reputation as a talented method actor fiercely dedicated to his craft.
Bale currently holds the record for losing the most weight for a movie role (63 pounds for The Machinist – down from his normal weight of 183 to 120). He also holds the record for amount of weight gained for a role (100 pounds – from 120 in The Machinist to 220 for Batman Begins, the movie he worked on immediately afterward).
Even though Bale is a notoriously private person, it is known that he married Sandra “Sibi” Blazik in 2000 and they have two children together. He is also a dedicated supporter of animal rights and children’s groups. Christian has also been involved with Greenpeace and The World Wildlife Fund.
Below are 23 of the Best Christian Bale Quotes, a Highly Talented and Fiercely Driven Actor:
“An actor should never be larger than the film he’s in.”
“I don’t personally look to my own life experiences for answers about how to play a scene.”
“I don’t think I’m like any of the characters I’ve played – they’re all really far from who I am.”
“Essentially, I’m untrained. So I just go with my imagination and try to put myself as solidly as I can into the shoes of whatever person I’m going to be playing.”
“I met my grandfather just before he died, and it was the first time that I had seen Dad with a relative of his. It was interesting to see my own father as a son and the body language and alteration in attitude that comes with that. It sort of changed our relationship for the better.”
“I only sound intelligent when there’s a good script writer around.”
“I’ve had some painful experiences in my life, but I feel like I’m trivializing them by using them for a scene in a movie. I don’t want to do that. It just makes me feel kind of dirty for having done that.”
“I tend to think you’re fearless when you recognize why you should be scared of things, but do them anyway.”
“I think trying too hard to be sexy is the worst thing in the world a woman can do.”
“I’m English. Our dentistry is not world famous. But I made sure I got moldings of my old teeth beforehand because I miss them.”
On regaining weight after The Machinist:
“But I enjoyed getting sick, I didn’t mind it at all. So in that short amount of time, I did actually go from 120 right back up to 183, which is way too fast obviously. That resulted in some doctors visits to get things sorted out.”
“I have a fear of being boring.”
“If everyone really knew what a jerk I am in real life, I wouldn’t be so adored in the slightest.”
More About Bale:
Christian Bale has been an actor for over twenty years. Being committed to his roles, he regularly makes sophisticated graphs and charts to break down a script. This way, he can attain a better perspective of everyone’s function within the film and also how his own character will best fit in.
He is also adept at imitating English-based accents; and it has been said he uses a different accent for each role. Another aspect of Bale’s uniqueness is his total disdain for celebrity status and the concept of being labeled a ‘star’. He says it hampers an actor’s ability to properly immerse themself into the character they are playing.
He also has a substantial cult following on the Internet. Being listed in the “Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures of the Past Decade,” an article by Entertainment Weekly. Yet many people around the world still do not recognize his name.
More of the Best Christian Bale Quotes:
“It’s not who I am underneath but what I do that defines me.”
“It’s the actors who are prepared to make fools of themselves who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience.”
“You’re creating a different world and the actor’s job is to be able to convince the audience to enter into that world, whether it be actually something that you recognize from your own life or not.”
“And being as I’m somebody who loves movies like The Machinist, I also love going along to big mass entertainment movies. I get in the mood for all kinds of movies, and so I like to try each of them.
“My method can be nothing, or the most intense, bizarre preparations you’ve ever seen.”
On doubting himself as an actor:
“Of course everyone goes through hard times of doubt in all professions, and it is hard to deal with, naturally. The most important thing is to stay focused and keep your morale up. Alternatively, I get myself drunk and do silly dances around the pool with my dog.”
“What I love about my wife is that she’s a really strong-minded, stubborn, fiery woman. I find that sexier than anything else.”
“Obviously there are times with acting when exactly what is required is just going through the motions, and when doing nothing is the best thing. But at other times, you have to make that leap beyond the immediate environment of people putting up lights on the set.”
“No, only disappointment in myself on those occasions I didn’t manage to rise to the occasion as I felt I should’ve done. I can always see how to do it. Then the challenge is – Can I manage that each and every day?”
On whether he should have played Batman:
“At first, I was somewhat hesitant to do the role. I mean, after all, Batman is an icon. But I remember, as clear as day, being at the grocery store the day the movie opened, and this little boy saw me. He couldn’t have been more than five years old. He just walked right up to me and hugged me. He hugged me, and I was so moved by it that I hugged him back. Then he looked up at me and said ‘You’re my hero.’ And in that moment, I knew that not only as an actor that I had done my job, but that I had made the right decision to play Batman. And I’ve never looked back on my decision to play Batman since.”
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