I mean, first of all, let me say whichever superhero first came up with the idea of wearing a cape, he wasn't really onto anything good. The number of times I'm treading on that damn thing or I throw a punch and it ends up covering my whole head. It's really not practical.— Christian Bale
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The art of survival is a story that never ends.
It's the actors who are prepared to make fools of themselves who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience.
I think trying too hard to be sexy is the worst thing in the world a woman can do.
I only sound intelligent when there's a good script writer around.
But I learned that there's a certain character that can be built from embarrassing yourself endlessly. If you can sit happy with embarrassment, there's not much else that can really get to ya.
Art is something to be proud of. Art is no compromise. As an actor, you're giving it up, you're at the mercy of so many other people.
I find something fascinating about the quiet man in the background who has no desire to be the center of attention.
I've had some painful experiences in my life, but I feel like I'm trivializing them by using them for a scene in a movie. I don't want to do that. It just makes me feel kind of dirty for having done that.
You'll hunt me. You'll condemn me. Set the dogs on me. Because that's what needs to happen. Because sometimes truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.
I have a fear of being boring.
So yeah, a good director will be able to listen and hear everything, but have a confident vision of his own that he can say, 'oh yeah - that's a great point.' And you never know; often you can help far more than you think you can, because there's so much more that he's juggling than an actor.
You have to treat yourself like a mushroom to some degree, in order to keep on discovering things.
I never want to feel that I'm playing it safe.
I have a very sissy job, where I go to work and get my hair done, and people do my makeup, and I go and say lines and people spoil me rotten. And everyone has that kind of curiosity of how far can you go, how far can you take it. I think it's always good testing yourself.
I always want to confuse people in terms of any kind of image and be unpredictable in any kind of movie I make.
It's very easy to leave when things go wrong, but to stick around and to basically give life to a town because of everything that it gave you generation after generation after generation, that to me is what defines a true American.
I met my grandfather just before he died, and it was the first time that I had seen Dad with a relative of his. It was interesting to see my own father as a son and the body language and alteration in attitude that comes with that, and it sort of changed our relationship for the better.
And I not only inherited an aversion to the nine-to-five routine, but the sense from my parents that being bored and boring is the worst thing that you can be.
Sometimes the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people have got to have their faith rewarded.
I will never say never, but I will say never to doing the more typical romantic comedies. You know, unless I'm getting audited and I'm on the street and I desperately need some dough and that's the only thing that I'm getting.
My hope is that people will be repulsed by the character's complete lack of ethics and obsession with consumerism - that's what I was saying about the difference between the character's message and the film's message.
The interesting thing about a movie is the movie.
There are occasions when I've pretended to be in a firefight, and then there are people who have really been in a firefight. Clearly it's absolutely ridiculous, and even disrespectful, to suggest that I understand what that is.
I like the idea of movies having a magic element.
How many times have you seen an actor in a movie who you know only as the character? It's wonderful, isn't it?
You have to make an effort to be in an unprotected environment because everyone thinks you're a completely incapable idiot who couldn't possibly brush his teeth without an assistant. You have to make an effort in order to be able to actually experience the country that you're in.
Planning a career, I always find a tricky thing, because I don't have much of a plan, really.
When it comes to films, people often don't differentiate between the message of a bad central character and the message of the film itself. They are two separate things.
Research can be interesting, but it can be pointless as well.
The realities of making a movie often are not conducive with that. I'm not knocking it. I love doing research myself, but I admit it doesn't always add to the performance.
Directors go their whole career without being able to tell personal stories and to work with a cast as talented as they are.
In terms of the romantic kind of lead, I just never enjoy those movies very much. Maybe they'll come to interest me more as I get older. I doubt it, but maybe. Romantic comedies tend to be, for me, an oxymoron.
I certainly liked performing [Patrick Bateman], but it was because he thinks he's so [bloody] cool and just the [stuff], but is really such a cheesy dork.
I swear, the bigger your muscles get, the duller you are.
You become fascinated with carbs and protein and ripped abs and things that are just not interesting at all.
I'm English. Our dentistry is not world famous. But I made sure I got moldings of my old teeth beforehand because I miss them.
I won't kill you but I don't have to save you.
People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can't do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man I'm flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed, but as a symbol, as a symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.
What the hell kind of man decides to dress up as a bat and run around the city? There's got to be something a little bit loose in there.
For me any moment in front of a crowd is embarrassing, because I can't stand being in front of people. I'm probably one of the worst public speakers. I try to avoid it, but there are times when it's just too rude not to do it. But there really isn't a moment that's not embarrassing for me if I'm going to stand up in front of a crowd.
If everyone really knew what a jerk I am in real life, I wouldn't be so adored in the slightest.
I want to do good work. I want the opportunity to work with good people, and the only way I'm gonna do that is to commit 110% - you get out what you put in.
I never try to guess what anyone else will take from a movie.
Every movie is such a different experience for each and every person. I don't like it when people try telling people what they should take from a movie. You should go see it with fresh eyes and see for themselves.
It was a great honor to be called a mo-fo by Sam Jackson.
I'm not really looking forward to wearing a black rubber suit in the summertime in humid Chicago. If you see a pool of sweat through the city, follow it and you will find me.
It's got to do with putting yourself in other people's shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting.
Being misunderstood is not a bad thing as an actor. I know the truth.
I'm English. Our dentistry is not world famous.
The blue collar milieu was something that I really understood and resonated with me and I thought was underrepresented in American cinema.
I like being responsible for myself
Personally, I love going to see a film when you can really watch a character.
If you've just read some article about who the actor is sleeping with, that's gonna be at the back of your mind all the time while you're watching the film.
Whatever you do, do it completely. Don't do it half-arsed. Do it more than anybody else would.