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You'll Never Guess the Two Movies Christian Bale Watched to Prepare for Playing Moses

By Cindy Davis | Industry | October 1, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | October 1, 2014 |

A lot of people are rightfully up in arms over the whitewashed cast in Ridley Scott’s upcoming epic film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, but I suppose we can’t exactly blame its stars for that misstep. You could say the big names should have refused to be a part of it — and you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong — but maybe they thought all the Spanish extras (and Varma, Kingsley, and others) would make up for the British, American and Australian leads. Maybe they weren’t thinking about color or race, maybe they just wanted to be really cool and make a movie with Ridley Scott. We can’t always assume the worst of people. We’ve got to remember to always look at the bright side of life — right?


After an Exodus media preview screening in Los Angeles last night, Christian Bale took part in a Q & A session, and talked about how he prepared for such a somber role, confessing the whole of his previous Moses knowledge came from the same place as most heathens: watching Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments. And though he did plenty of reading up before filming began, Bale also acknowledged re-watching two movies to get his head in the right place (No, one of them wasn’t a porn parody):

“While I was still trying to wrap my head around it I went and rented The Life of Brian, which is a favorite film of mine…The point being that not only do I enjoy that film a great deal, but anything you are approaching from a very earnest point of view can unintentionally be The Life of Brian very quickly. It was sort of a guiding light for me. And I must confess that Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is always humming in the back of my head. And then immediately after that I rented Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Pt. 1 because you have to get that out of your system. You have to understand, ‘What is it we could make funny?’ You have to have humor. With something that is as earnest as this and heavyweight as this, you have to have an element of comedy in your every day shooting or it just becomes exhausting.”

Sure, Bale may be a bit of “surly dick” with a rage problem, but he’s still got a good sense of humor. Can’t you just picture him whistling and singing when the audio of his rant got a worldwide release?

Maybe that Patrick Bateman thing wasn’t entirely an act…

It’s actually a pretty smart approach, and I like knowing an actor we always think of as such a serious guy does have a decent sense of humor. That’s something that’ll probably come in handy after the Exodus reviews come rolling in.

And, please don’t ask Mr. Scott about Joel Edgerton’s make-up here…


Let’s face it, you can’t Torquemada anything.

Before you run, here’s a new Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer:

Hey, Bale got rid of the whisper speak, and it’s better than the last one (bright side, people).

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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