Hot Choice: Did somebody say “intense, moody, driven”? That he can do. In spades. In fact, Bale’s usual – these days – scowly performance fits perfectly with the Montag character at the centre of the story.
Bale already has experience taking on cherished characters with the likes of Batman and John Connor, so tackling another shouldn’t really worry him.
And we’re pretty sure he’d agree to drop his fee to work with Darabont, so the production team could squeeze more bang for their buck.
Cold Comfort: Sadly, there’s also more to Montag than just being moody and brooding.
And while Bale could likely stare down the futuristic robo-dog that hunts his character (assuming they’ve left that intact from the book), we’re not 100% certain he can convey all of Montag’s emotions, particularly the joy he feels when he’s finally free to live life with literature.
And no, shouting, “Oh, goood!” doesn’t count. He couldn’t convince us he was in love with Bryce Dallas Howard, we’re not sure he’d be right for this.
Maybe they should try Sam Worthington instead. Hang on, that’s not a bad idea…
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