Christian Bale Talks Exclusively

Why Terminator Salvation won’t miss Schwarzenegger, and more…


This week we’ve been bringing you some choice quotes from Total Film magazine’s interview with Christian Bale.


Well, today, we’ve decided to give you some online exclusive goodness – cool quotes from Bale you won’t see anywhere else.

And it's ace stuff. Bale talks about his habit of adopting an American accent during filming, his take on John Connor, and why the Terminator franchise won’t miss Schwarzenegger...

On the accent…


I change my accent because it gives me more choice, more choice of roles. If you are born in America and have a non-regional American accent then you’re probably going to get the widest choice of roles around, but still you’re going to be restricting yourself from playing roles from all around the world.

And very much a part of finding a different character is the voice.

It’s so essential to who we are, you start talking in a different accent and you’ll going to not feel like yourself whatsoever and it’s a matter of you just keep doing it until you do feel like somebody again. It’s nice to make those transformations.

On John Connor…


Well he’s a slightly strange bird because obviously with his crazy mother who’s been telling him he’s going to lead humanity from the get-go he’s going to have a few hang-ups.

There’s not many of genuinely believe that they know their destiny, know their future so another very strange thing that’s difficult to understand for most and in this movie is he’s somebody as well who’s in dire straights.

They’re in a desperate struggle for survival each and every day and I think he’s somebody who’s – he’s somebody you want on your side in a crisis.

On John Connor’s look…


You have to look capable but I hoped to do that more with his determination rather than the physical aspect. He’s somebody who will not be beaten down ever. I wanted to get that wiry look of a solider who’s in the field all the time.
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On the impact of Schwarzenneger…


T2 is the original nightmare of just being pursued that everyone has, by somebody who just will not stop, never stops, doesn’t give up.

And when you’ve got someone who looked like Schwarzenegger coming after you it made a big difference.

Nowadays, no it wouldn’t really – we’ve seen so many guys who imitated him and it just became a little passé, but at that time it was extraordinary because we were looking at a human who was almost inhuman in his proportions and yeah, I think it’s that age-old universal nightmare of being pursued by an unstoppable enemy.

On whether the Terminator franchise needs Arnie…

No, because you can’t keep just re-hashing the same plot.

Yes Terminator is known for having this one singular figure of villainy that is constantly pursuing but how many times can you keep on doing it?

And I don’t think anyone really had an interest in just imitating the movies that had come before.

There was a realisation of “Look the mythology is dead unless we reinvent something, put it in a different world, recreate completely.” So obviously that’ll be the big question for a lot of people. Why don’t you have that single figure of villainy coming after you? But I think if we had it would have been same old, same old and why bother?

On shooting action in Terminator…

You’ve always got to put your trust in the riggers, the guys who are responsible for the wires and the safety and trust that they’ve calculated where the ground is so they don’t drop you straight through it, which I’ve seen before.

They were damn good guys, in fact most of the people came from the Batman movies, the stunt team on this so I’ve known them for years I’ve got a great trust with them.

It’s more just the excitement, I like the adrenaline rush of jumping off of a cliff edge and sailing down, I enjoy that.

For Bale on Terminator Salvation, The Dark Knight, Batman 3, Public Enemies and Bale's outburst check out Monday, Tuesday,  Wednesday and Thursday’s entries.

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