Understandably, Christian Bale says he doesn’t like sitting down for an interview. That may explain why he insists that if one is done, it appears in Q & A format, as in the new Esquire.

“I want to be able to just act and never do any interview,” he tells the mag, “but I don’t have the balls to stand up to the studio and say, ‘I’m never doing another interview in my life!’ So I tip my hat and go, ‘Okay mister! All right mister! I’ll go do the salesman job!”

ESQUIRE: “And you don’t want to talk about your personal life or family background either.”

BALE: “Look, I’ve got incredible pride for my family. I’ve absolutely fallen into that cliché of a dad who could just happily talk about my daughter endlessly. But it’s not what I’m about in terms of being an actor. I don’t want people to know about that.”

ESQUIRE: “Why not?”

BALE: “I don’t want people to know me.”

ESQUIRE: “Why not?”

BALE: “Because that buggers up my job.”

ESQUIRE: “How does it do that?”

BALE: “Because if you know something about somebody, it gets in the way of just watching the guy as the character.”

ESQUIRE: “But that’s not really true. If you really disappeared into your role, people wouldn’t realize it was the same guy from movie to movie.”

BALE: “No! It’s like painting behind the radiator — I’d know about it even if nobody else does.”


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