Vogue Italia (April 26th, 2011)

PSYCHOPATH YES, GRUMPY NO

I’m an actor and, as such, I “build” situations and characters. I lie, too. I’m not a politician, I don’t always need to tell the truth! I like conversation though I try to avoid subjects that are too personal. Sometimes I talk about my family even without wanting to, then I regret it and people get pissed off with me and say I’m a grouch. Psychopathic I can accept; a grouch, no.

Christian Charles Philip Bale, born in Haverfordwest, Wales, on 30 January 1974 is undoubtedly one of the most versatile actors of his generation. In addition to his big-budget movies, Bale also works in indie films to which he brings his charisma, fame, dedications and, above all, research. The same research through which he has created extreme, unforgettable and often physically demanding roles for himself.
He began acting at the age of 10 in live theater with Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr. Bean; in 1986 he appeared on TV for the first time. His breakthrough role came was he was just 13, a lucky number for him, when he was chosen among four thousand child actors for Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun. Having acted in more than 30 films and worked with the top directors in international cinema, this year Bale won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Fighter.
He is currently shooting The 13 Women of Nanjing helmed by the Chinese director Zhang Yìmóu.
10 quick facts
1 – Passion: “Motorcycles. It’s great when they work well, but any sign of a problem makes me want to bash them with a hammer”.
2 – Role models: “My parents. My mother was a circus artist, my father ran away from home at 13 and travelled around the world. They lived their life as they wanted. I brought them to the States, their dream”.
3 – His most important encounter: “Steven Spielberg. Although when I met him I didn’t realize he’d be so important for my career”.
4 – What he loves about films: “The personal journey that becomes part and parcel of the movie’s story. Each film is an adventure”.
5 – Sport: “I do a bit of everything: running, boxing, martial arts, but what I really love is horse-riding”.
6 – Charities: “Lots. Including The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and Clothes Off Our Back for underprivileged children”.
7 – Fears: “One: to be boring, too boring”.
8 – Strategy: “I never plan anything, neither in my private life nor my professional career. The only question I ask myself when faced with a new role is “shall I do it?”.
9 – Favorite movie: “Beverly Hills Ninja: a crazy comedy, it helps me relax”.
10 – The coolest actor of all time: “Steve McQueen”.
By Roberto Croci.