Paramount releases the trailer for The Big Short.
Bale appears on the cover of the January 2015 issue of WSJ magazine. He talks about what he thinks about George Clooney’s concerns about privacy.
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.
Bale appears on the cover of the January 2015 issue of Esquire UK magazine. He talks about his children.
Look, being a good parent is not about creating a good kid. It’s about a good person. And that means you’ve got to let them do their own thing. But there’s the other part of you that goes, “I just want them to stay this big all the time. I want them to always want to cuddle me. I want them to non-stop just be going, ‘You’re the best dad.’ ‘I love you, daddy’.” You know? But you’ve got to let them go.
The Bales are new parents to their second child, a baby boy. The baby’s name has not yet been disclosed. Source:
They are truly a supportive couple, he and Sibi are thrilled.
Bale is nominated for Best Actor at the 86th Academy Awards for portraying Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle.
He’s the consummate con man who cons nobody with what’s happening at the top of his head. It’s like one ear throwing a lifeline to the other one, and nobody is fooled by it whatsoever.
In this comedy drama directed by David Russell, Bale plays Irving, who runs a modest dry cleaning business but also engages in counterfeit and a loan sharking on the side. After meeting the ambitious Sydney (Amy Adams) they soon attract the attention of an FBI agent who is eager to make a name for himself. He manipulates Irving into agreement to put their con skills to use for the bureau. Co-starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence.
He’s the consummate con man who cons nobody with what’s happening at the top of his head, It’s like one ear throwing a lifeline to the other one, and nobody is fooled by it whatsoever. That is so much more interesting than playing [him] for some sort of slick character
Bale gives an interview to The Talks. He discusses the most fun he’s had making a movie, smaller indie films, and what makes him do the big movies.
I like the emotion. That’s what I do. When I first read a script and decide that there’s something in it that I can try, I like to remember that feeling – and that’s not about hanging out on the set and socializing. I can do that in my own time. I very much enjoy trying to put myself in other people’s shoes.
Bale stars as Batman and Bruce Wayne in the third installment of the Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises. Eight years after the Joker’s reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight must return to defend Gotham City against the enigmatic jewel thief Catwoman (Halle Berry) and the ruthless mercenary Bane (Tom Hardy) as the city teeters on the brink of complete annihilation.
Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a pure facade, it’s a lie he has, somehow, to control one side of your soul that’s not really under control. In fact, only Alfred knows who he is. It’s time for Bruce Wayne to face the pain that has always stirred his life.
Bale wins Best Supporting Actor at the 83rd Academy Awards for portraying Dicky Eklund in The Fighter.
I didn’t think I was like this. Thanks to my wonderful wife and our little girl, who’s taught me so much more than I’ll ever be able to teach her.
Bale plays Dicky Eklund in The Fighter, a film depicting the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother, played by Mark Wahlberg, who helps train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.
Dicky has a very squirrelly way of fighting and that came to me through really hardcore boxing training.
Bale returns as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, sequel to Batman Begins. When Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent launch an assault on the mob, the Joker, Heath Ledger’s last major role, turns Gotham on itself.
It’s now the question of the burden and toll of what he’s doing, the question can this be a finite endeavor. Is this something that has an end? Can he quit and have an ordinary life? The kind of manic intensity someone has to have to maintain the passion and the anger that they felt as a child, takes an effort after awhile, to keep doing that. At some point, you have to exorcise your demons. That’s what I love about Batman. There’s so much that is about character.
Bale plays Jack Rollins and Pastor John in I’m Not There, a biographical musical film about the different facet’s of Bob Dylan’s life and public persona.
Bale stars as Dan Evans in 3:10 to Yuma, a western about a small-time rancher who agrees to hold a captured outlaw who is awaiting a train to Yuma. Russell Crowe co-stars.
Bale stars as Alfred Borden in The Prestige, a movie in which a rivalry between two magicians becomes all-consuming when they attempt the ultimate illusion.
I read The Prestige again after I finished Batman, but I wasn’t sure if Chris just wanted to keep me as Bruce Wayne in his eyes and that was it, and he wouldn’t want to work on anything else. So, I contacted him and raised that question. I really liked the character of Borden and just told him, ‘Hey look, this would be great. I could really do this very well.’ And he did believe me, so we got crackin’.
Bale plays Bruce Wayne and Batman in Batman Begins. After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.
I’m really happy with how it came out, I think Chris (Nolan) has made a movie that will finally please like the hard core Batman fans and the fans of the graphic novel but also just people who appreciate good movie making and good storytelling.
Bale plays Patrick Bateman in the cult psychological thriller American Psycho, based on the book by Bret Easton-Ellis. Bateman is a wealthy New York investor who tries to hide his alternate psychopathic ego from his friends as he begins to be taken over by his fantasies. In a later interview he says:
I never viewed Patrick Bateman as a real character. It wasn’t going to work unless I made myself look absurd.
Bale plays Thomas Berger in Swing Kids. The film is a musical drama set in pre-WWII Germany. Thomas and his friend Peter attempt to be swing kids by night and Hitler Youth by day.
Bale plays Jack Kelly in Newsies, a musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899.
Bale plays journalist Arthur Stuart in Velvet Goldmine, a British movie set during the glam rock days of the 1970’s that follows the life of the fictional pop star Brain Slade. The movie co-stars Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Bale plays Jim Graham in Stephen Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, a film portraying a young English boy’s struggle to survive in Shanghai under Japanese occupation during WWII. Bale is offered the role after starring in the made for TV movie Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. Amy Irving, Bale’s co-star in the television movie, recommended Bale to her then-husband, Steven Spielberg, for the role.
I’d nothing to lose, I wasn’t thinking in terms of a career. I wasn’t really thinking about the consequences at all. I tend to think you’re fearless when you recognize why you should be scared of things, but do them anyway. I didn’t recognize it that time.