20+ Best Christian Bale Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Born in 1974 in Pembrokeshire, Wales, actor Christian Bale first enjoyed major feature film success in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun (1987). 

Returning to the spotlight with the sadistic American Psycho (2000), he dropped more than 60 pounds for The Machinist (2004) before beefing up for a superhero role in Batman Returns (2005) and its two sequels. Bale won an Oscar for his performance in The Fighter (2010) and later earned recognition for his roles in American Hustle (2013) and The Big Short (2015).

We have compiled a list of Christian Bale quotes for you to read.

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Christian Bale Quotes

I think trying too hard to be sexy is the worst thing in the world a woman can do.

 

I tend to think you’re fearless when you recognize why you should be scared of things, but do them anyway.

 

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.

 

It’s not who I am underneath but what I do that defines me.

 

It’s got to do with putting yourself in other people’s shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting.

 

But I enjoyed getting sick, I didn’t mind it at all. So in that short amount of time, I did actually go from 121 right back up to 180, which is way too fast obviously. And that resulted in some doctors visits to get things sorted out.

 

‘3:10 to Yuma’ was one that I just kept on talking and thinking about after reading it. And I think the reason is because, like in most Westerns, you have the very clear-cut bad-guy/good-guy, however, as the movie progresses, you kind of see that it’s a very fine line that divides these two.

 

In everyday life, my wife is the most wonderful. We’re in love with each other beyond belief.

 

The point of having a director is that they make the final decision; it’s their point of view, they set the rhythm and they make the final decisions.

 

How serious can a movie about time-traveling robots be? You want it to be cool and fun.

 

Art is something to be proud of. Art is no compromise.

 

The only thing that I’m obsessed with is sleeping, and actually, it is more than an obsession, it is a pleasure.

 

I have a fear of being boring.

 

I don’t think I’m like any of the characters I’ve played – they’re all really far from who I am.

 

I only sound intelligent when there’s a good script writer around.

 

If everyone really knew what a jerk I am in real life, I wouldn’t be so adored in the slightest.

 

When it comes to films, people often don’t differentiate between the message of a bad central character and the message of the film itself. They are two separate things.

 

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.

 

My hope is that people will be repulsed by the character’s complete lack of ethics and obsession with consumerism – that’s what I was saying about the difference between the character’s message and the film’s message.

 

I don’t personally look to my own life experiences for answers about how to play a scene.

 

We are starting off with our own different characters and our own laws and everything, looking at Bruce Wayne and how he came to be the person that he was and how he comes to be this man that jumps around in the Bat suit.

 

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.

 

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.

 

It’s about pursuing it rather than waiting to see what comes along. That’s partly because I found myself getting typecast, as everyone does unless they pursue roles that are very different from what they’ve done before.

 

I went backwards and forwards over it until I was 22. And then in the past few years I began to say to myself, OK, look, I’m not messing around. This is something I want to attack, instead of thinking, I’ll just see what happens with it.

 

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, and then the challenge is, Can I manage that each and every day?

 

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.

 

I mean, first of all, let me say whichever superhero first came up with the idea of wearing a cape, he wasn’t really onto anything good. The number of times I’m treading on that damn thing or I throw a punch and it ends up covering my whole head. It’s really not practical.

 

‘Batman’ took 10 months to film, and by the time I stopped working on it, it took a long time before my English accent came out again. I was actually having to try for it.

 

In terms of the romantic kind of lead, I just never enjoy those movies very much. Maybe they’ll come to interest me more as I get older. I doubt it, but maybe. Romantic comedies tend to be, for me, an oxymoron.

 

I will never say never, but I will say never to doing the more typical romantic comedies. You know, unless I’m getting audited and I’m on the street and I desperately need some dough and that’s the only thing that I’m getting.

 

I never want to turn something down because I’m afraid to do it, because of some idea of image or whatever. That was never anything I set out to do. In fact, the opposite, I always want to confuse people in terms of any kind of image and be unpredictable in any kind of movie I make.

 

There have been many times when you spend a number of months and the finished product is not what you wanted to see. And ‘Batman Begins’ was what I wanted to see.

 

I’m English. Our dentistry is not world famous.

 

What the hell kind of man decides to dress up as a bat and run around the city? There’s got to be something a little bit loose in there.

 

The interesting thing about a movie is the movie.

 

I have this theory that, depending on your attitude, your life doesn’t have to become this ridiculous charade that it seems so many people end up living.

 

So yeah, a good director will be able to listen and hear everything, but have a confident vision of his own that he can say, ‘oh yeah – that’s a great point.’ And you never know; often you can help far more than you think you can, because there’s so much more that he’s juggling than an actor.

 

Nuclear apocalypse – who do you need? Actors are probably not top of the list. What can I do for you? I can pretend to be somebody who can grow you some nice crops.

 

I like the idea of movies having a magic element. How many times have you seen an actor in a movie who you know only as the character? It’s wonderful, isn’t it?

 

A movie star is someone people look at and go, ‘I want to be like that person’. There’s the responsibility of desire. It’s not something I’m interested in trying. I would fail miserably at it, so why even bother?

 

I don’t want to know about the lives of other actors and I don’t want people to know too much about me. If we don’t know about the private lives of other actors, that leaves us as clean slates when it comes to playing characters. That’s the point, they can create these other characters and I can believe them.

 

Look, I’ve got incredible pride for my family. I’ve absolutely fallen into that cliche of a dad who could just happily talk about my daughter endlessly.

 

I don’t get it when you get so much openness about the way movies are made, and the special effects and the behind-the-scenes stuff and all of that. I can’t help but feel like this reduces it a little bit.

 

A teenager usually wants to try to get people to notice him in some way, to feel like someone gives a damn. Me, all that attention, I just wanted to fade into the background. Be invisible. Disappear.

 

One of the places where we lived when I was growing up had this big wood out the back. And starting when I was about 8, I used to enjoy just walking alone through the wood late. Eleven p.m. Midnight. Later.

 

I do like taking stuff seriously that a lot of people look at as nonsense. I enjoy the insanity of that. And I like the commitment that is needed for that.

 

I think mostly it’s the adventure that I will have in making the movie. That’s what I look for.

 

There was a great complexity to my father. He was a devoted family man. But, in the same breath, he simply was not suited to an anchored life. He should have been somebody who had a backpack, an old map, a bit of change in his pocket and that was it – roaming the world.

 

There are occasions when I’ve pretended to be in a firefight, and then there are people who have really been in a firefight. Clearly it’s absolutely ridiculous, and even disrespectful, to suggest that I understand what that is.

 

I find something fascinating about the quiet man in the background who has no desire to be the center of attention.

 

‘The Machinist’ changed me. I learned that I really enjoy, literally, not saying a damned word for days at a time, except for what was in the scene. Whole days of… nothing. Just… standing still. I know a lot of people found it bizarre, because they’d be standing right next to me thinking, ‘Why aren’t we talking? What’s going on?’

 

I tend to stay in character between scenes… to be rather serious on set, but here’s why, and I think people will find it surprising. I’m one of the worst ‘corpses’ on a movie set, which means you can’t keep a straight face. You start to get the giggles and you can’t stop.

 

If I’m not working, I really have nothing to do with it – I’m not hanging out and mixing with film people. Not that I have anything against film people; they’re some of the best people around and some of the worst people around, just like in any business… they just gesticulate a little bit more.

 

I’m not an actor that tends to care. I don’t ask ‘Is this a close up? Is this a master? Is this a wide? What are you doing? If I look up and notice the camera I go ‘Oh, it’s a big one today, must be an IMAX.’ And that’s kinda it for me because it doesn’t affect what I’m doing.

 

The biggest rebellion I could’ve ever had with my father would be to work in a bank. He would have disowned me. As long as I was doing something where I didn’t have to wear a tie, I was good.

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