Please tell me you’ve followed the whole Batkid story. If you live under a rock and somehow missed the coverage over the weekend, here’s quick recap: 5-year-old Miles Scott is recovering from leukemia (he’s currently in remission) and the Make-a-Wish got the whole city of San Francisco to work together to bring his dream of being Batkid to life, turning the city into Gotham City and putting together all sorts of crimes for him to solve. It was amazing, and a real testimony to the great civic pride in SF.
“I looked on the news and I saw this headline and thought, ‘What’s that?’ And I saw all the pictures of him running around and saving people. It’s so touching.”
“What’s his name, Miles?” continued the actor. “He must have been bewildered! Hopefully, later on, he’ll be able to look back and say, ‘Oh my God, how amazing.’”
Bale even had some plaudits for the social networking that allowed the Batkid story to become such a phenomenon, encouraging people far and wide to show up in San Francisco to cheer Batkid on. “I’m so far behind the times when it comes to things like that, I’m a dinosaur,” Bale admitted. “I’ve never been on Twitter, but how great a thing that it can create something like that! I mean, wonderful. This little kid, oh my God — what a wonderful day for the little fella! It’s just fantastic, seeing all those people who were out there to support it.”
Christian Bale is a bit of a mess at times, but he’s also a really decent guy who’s always connecting with “regular people” and using his celebrity for good. It’s a shame he couldn’t have been part of Batkid’s day, but I’m sure it was amazing anyway.
November 18, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
From KVDR in Denver, Colorado:
“Dark Knight Rises” star Christian Bale visited victims of the Aurora theater shootings at the Medical Center of Aurora South on Tuesday.
Shooting victim Carey Rottman posted to his Facebook page a picture of Bale visiting him in his hospital room.
“Wow!!! Thank you so much for the visit Christian!! What a great guy! Still in shock!,” Rottman wrote.
A source at the hospital said Bale arrived via ambulance around 2 p.m.
OK, so I pretty much take back every single lurid thing I’ve ever said about Christian Bale (there’s probably been, oh, a couple-two-three things on the list), because this is one stand-up thing to do. Sources at Warner Brothers also state that they are not behind Christian’s visit, and that Christian is, and I quote, “is there as himself,” and not on behalf of WB. It seems the more news I hear concerning Bale, the more real of a dude he appears to be.
Way to go, Christian. It’s really, genuinely nice to see you doing your best, trying to make people happy in the aftermath of such a horrific event.
July 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Sarah
If you guessed it had something to do with fans who would be better off to have screwdrivers driven through their heads, you’d be wrong (I think). If you guessed it had something to do with the ‘Batman’ franchise, and the departed Heath Ledger, then you’d definitely be right, because after watching footage of the previous ‘Batman’ movies, Christian Bale found himself all choked up on stage while talking about how “good” it was to see Heath’s portrayal of the Joker character.
Heath Ledger passed away back in January of 2008, and it’s definitely a mark of how well-loved he was that people are still choking up four-and-a-half years later at the mention of his name or viewing of his former projects.
In all honesty, it’s nice to see Bale showing a side of him that I never thought existed—I definitely assumed he was 100% angst and competitiveness and anger and fan-hatred, and even though it’s sad that we had to experience this Bale because of the death of Heath Ledger, it’s still way more than I ever thought it could be, guys.
June 4, 2012 at 7:30 am by Sarah
I’m just laying this one right on you guys—how do you all feel about Christian Bale? I’m kind of apathetic toward him. My husband thinks he’s one of the greatest actors of our time, but I don’t know. I’m definitely more reserved with my high praises of him than anything. His portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman, in my humblest of opinions, is tepid at best (but maybe that’s because I’m of the Michael Keaton generation), and though he definitely carved out a notch in Hollywood A-listery with his performance in ‘American Psycho’, I’m still not all that excited about him.
But other people? Well. Other people sure are. So much so that there’s a Christian Bale biography getting ready to hit stores in the coming weeks. The bio was written by Bale’s former publicist and assistant, Harrison Cheung, and it’s called Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman.
Here are a few “startling” “revelations” about Christian Bale—things even the most hardcore of fans might have never known if it weren’t for this book. From the Huff Po:
1. Edward Norton, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt all passed on the role of Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho.” Though there was a great deal of negative buzz surrounding the picture (which changed directors as well), Bale felt the film could help him break into America. “I don’t want to be a movie star,” Bale told Cheung. “I want to be an actor. All this talk of career suicide … I rather like that I’m running contrary to what everyone expects.”
But Leonardo DiCaprio wanted the role. Lionsgate issued a press release during Cannes in 1998, announcing that Bale had been replaced. Bale was livid: “Losing this role is like having a pencil shoved through my brain.” The studio offered him a supporting role, but Bale refused to consider that. DiCaprio eventually bailed after Gloria Steinem urged him not to take the role, which she said could inspire copycat murders from within his teen fan base.
The role then went to Ewan McGregor, who had just been screwed out of his lead part in “The Beach” by the newly landed DiCaprio. Bale begged McGregor not to take it, and the latter passed.
2. On the set of “American Psycho,” Bale was required to appear nude multiple times. He used a “cock sock” (Cheung says it’s an “industry term”), a “fleshtone spandex pouch” which covered his genitalia. Co-star Guinever Turner mocked the size of Bale’s sock, which led Bale to exclaim, “Goddam her!”
3. Bale would call up family and friends in the character of Patrick Bateman, greeting associates with “It’sssssssss Patrick!”
4. DiCaprio proved to be Bale’s biggest rival. Movies the latter lost to the fresh-faced Leonardo:
Jump in for the rest!
May 31, 2012 at 10:30 am by Sarah
Yesterday the socially-minded actor attempted to visit the home of Chen Guangcheng, a civil rights activist who has been under house arrest for a year. Bale was accompanied by a CNN film crew and had driven eight hours to the activist’s home.
There, guards stopped Bale and the crew just outside the house. The Huffington Post:
When Bale approached Chen’s house, he was met by an escalating number of guards…. Punches were thrown and shoving ensued as he, along with the CNN camera crew, tried to push his way way through to the house.
According to CNN‘s current front page, a “high-speed car chase ensues.”
Here’s the kicker, according to HuffPo: The movie Flowers of War was funded, in part, by the Chinese government. It’s no wonder Bale expected to be given a “pass” to see the housebound Chinese activist.
December 16, 2011 at 5:30 am by Jenn
See that up there? That’s video of production of the Dark Knight Rises. Cool, huh? I know there’s a lot of you guys out there who are positively nuts about this movie, so I tried to get everything together all in one little neat package for you to check out today. But what I really want to talk about is Christian Bale in the role of Batman. Appropriate? If not, who should be playing this new, updated Batman? Personally, I’m not a big Christian Bale fan. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the same in every role. My husband thinks Bale is the best Batman yet, but I don’t know, guys. I just don’t think so. These are some trying times, and I think it’s imperative that we make GOOD decisions in everything we do, you know?
So we’ve already kind of talked about the interesting choice of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, so now have your say – who’s your favorite Batman?