McConaughey: I Headbutted Bale

Matthew McConaughey has revealed he incurred the wrath of Christian Bale when he headbutted him by accident on the Reign Of Fire set.

The Killer Joe star and The Dark Knight Rises actor appeared opposite each other in the 2002 action fantasy film, and Matthew told Total Film magazine how he hurt the method actor for real during a fight scene.
Matthew said: “That scene where we’re fighting and I headbutt him… it was a complete accident. But in the take, I just put it right on his forehead.
“He immediately swelled up like a frickin’ tennis ball, but he kept going. I knew I’d screwed up. I looked in his eyes and I saw him go ‘Grrrr!’ and then we kept going.
“Later he had his moment to be p***ed off at me, which he absolutely deserved. There was no drama about the situation whatsoever, though he wasn’t really happy about it.” […]
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Huffington Post’s ‘Misleading Trailers’: Reign of Fire & The Prestige

Huffington Post’s Scott Mendelson has written an article about ‘Classic Previews That Mastered the Art of the False Sell’. Two of Mr. Bale’s movies are included. What do you think?

Reign of Fire (2002)
Astute trailer watchers will notice that this is a classic kind of fake sell. While the preview sells the idea of a hard action picture with humans pitted against dragons, complete with helicopters and tanks galore, careful viewers will note that most of the trailer contains not actual action, but merely frenetic incident (dragons landing, fireballs bursting, people running, etc.). In actuality, this Rob Bowman film, is a dark and depressing survival story not that disconnected from end-of-the-world dramas […]. And if you do watch the trailer, you will notice that the narrative does seem to be building to one big action sequence, which is indeed accurate, while tricking viewers into thinking that the film has several action scenes prior to the finale. But the biggest cause of viewer consternation were those repeated shots of helicopters flying around. If you’ve seen the film, you know that there is only a single helicopter in the film, and it’s used pretty sparingly. It’s a slightly underrated movie (McConaughey and Bale are quite good) but the trailer is a classic fake-out, a way to make the film look far more action-packed and epic-scale than it actually is.
The Prestige (2006)
In a weird coincidence, one of the best films of 2006 […] also has one of the most misleading movie trailers ever released for a mainstream picture. […] Using footage and dialogue that is 99 percent representative of the movie, and completely accurate onscreen text, the trailer concocts a completely false narrative that completely hides the actual narrative of the sweeping, amoral period drama. Instead, Chris Nolan’s The Prestige is presented as a mystical good vs. evil thriller, pitting a good magician (Hugh Jackman) against an evil magician (Christian Bale) who may, in fact, be a real sorcerer. The best part about this trailer is that it’s so disconnected from the actual film that it remains a stand-alone treat to watch after you’ve seen the real movie. It is a magic trick all on its own, using only clever editing to create a false plot out of whole cloth. […]You can read the full article here.

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CHRISTIAN BALE
Christian Bale has cemented his awesomeness with his turns as conflicted rich boy Bruce Wayne in “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” director Christopher Nolan’s reimagining of the caped vigilante’s world, and now that a Batman sequel has been confirmed for July 2011, fans can breathe again. But before that, he moved audiences with his performance in Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun,” in which he was cast when he was 12, and terrified them 13 years later with the film version of author Bret Easton Ellis’ “American Psycho.” As the sadistic sociopath Patrick Bateman, Bale was spot-on, a horrifying portrayal of the ’80s run amok on a killer’s psyche.

So in 2002, when Bale plunged headfirst into not one, but two drastically different action flicks — well, both dealt with hopeless futures, but “Equilibrium” had totalitarian dictators and “Reign of Fire” hungry dragons — he displayed the strength needed to carry them. With “Equilibrium,” his poised calm aided the film’s political statement (shallow, but there), and “Reign of Fire” was silly but enjoyable, an opportunity for Bale to yell about things outside of his control. Really, both were training for the kind of character Bale would need to become as Bruce Wayne/Batman: Goofy and immature on the outside, calculating and manipulative on the inside. And look, it worked. […]

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