Christian Bale Update

From the Daily Mail:

The source also claimed Bale had been deeply affected by the death of Ledger, who was found dead earlier this year from an overdose of anti-depressants and sleeping tablets. 'Without Ledger around, he's found it more and more difficult to communicate with those around him, especially his family.’ It was reported he found it hard to shake off the mental strains of the role, and told an interviewer he was having trouble sleeping.

'They had become very close during the making of The Dark Knight and Christian went into virtual hiding for the six weeks after Heath was found dead. He wasn't returning phone calls and he wasn't a happy man. It's foolish to think that he's been able to completely shake off that grief just as Heath and his work is finally being seen by audiences. He expected to share this moment with his friend, and now he can't.'

In a recent interview, Bale admitted that he has been depressed and has experienced bouts of insomnia.

"Mental strains," eh? Call me crazy, but I can't remember a film with more hardcore psychic juju emanating from it than The Dark Knight.

15 comments:

  1. Chris...

    I wonder if you've seen the film yet, and if so, do you sense that 'juju' coming forth onto yourself and the other viewers? If not, do you think it occurs at a more subliminal level? love to get your take on this. It gets weirder and weirder.
    Thrace

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  2. It's hard to say, Thracie. I'll probably wait to see it on DVD. From what I've seen of the trailers and such, there seems to be a very pronounced fascist vibe at work, which I certainly picked up from Batman Begins. Not my idea of a cheery time at the movies.

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  3. Just download it from where the soldiers stationed abroad get all their illegal movies from. Then you won't miss any of it if you have to use the bathroom, plus you can smoke during it too or even have a drink, put your feet up, watch any bits over again and skip out anything you can't be assed watching, and no-one will talk during it or be texting someone the plot....Unless you have a low-bandwidth net link, in which case don't.

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  4. I guess that you have also seen Mr. Bale's comments regarding the amount of aggressive energy he felt playing The Dark Knight via wearing the costume. A rather SPLIT (Two-Faced being the actual main character and theme of the new film) response considering I have seen a number of other statements in which he suggested the idea of playing a superhero NEVER appealed to him because he would have felt stupid in the costume. And an even more recent one in which he recounts he and Heath being left alone together in the interrogation room set...they kept looking at each other and laughing hysterically.

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  5. I saw the movie and I thought it sucked. I'm kidding. What an undertaking was the vibe I left the theater with. Obviously there will be a part 3 of this super duper money making machine Batman has become. And all I can say or hope for is more grit, less posturing. But that is impossible, being that it is a movie made for mass consumption. Gotham in and of itself is interesting. It is from those streets where The Joker and the Batman are from. I thought the scene in the middle of the road where Batman is on his motorcycle and Joker is standing there defiantly was the clincher for me. As Joker held the gun in the middle of the road I could almost hear Nicholsons Joker murmur,"Hey Eckhardt, think about the future." And that is not an allude to the man who played Harvey Dent, Aaron Eckhardt. Tone and mood grab you right away with anything the Nolan brothers put their paws on. And they do a good job with this I feel. I think they'd give it the gritty street feel if the studios would let em. But like Bale said, even the fight scenes needed to be toned down. I think this film, is just a stressful shoot all the way around. Chicago is a tough place to go on location for. I think Chris and I should write part 3's script asap. What do you think Mr. Chris?

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  6. Chris-
    I know we're moving speedily along..but would you mind elaborating a bit on what you felt was a facist vibe in the last batman flick, and perhaps this one too? I THINK I know what you mean by that.. a heavy-handed law and order theme..complete lack of representation of ordinary people..but I do want to get your view on that. It might be a VERY key element of the subtext that we're being fed without our complete awareness.
    Thanks,
    Thrace

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  7. i concur

    -aton

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  8. Chris,

    I wonder how long Bale/Ledger's friendship really was. I can speak from experience on loss of a true lifelong friend to a sudden unexpected event. It sent me into a downward spiral myself, much longer than 6 weeks..BUT, considering the dark themes that he was engulfed with at the same time, I am sure it compounded the loss. Juju--nice choice, not just a dark magic spell, but voodoo too!

    Be well!

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  9. Do you mean Deitrich Eckhart (scuse my awful spelling)? It's funny how the guys like him (eg - Hausoffer) that set up and made the Nazi Party - you can't find any info on them hardly. All covered up in favor of the big lies instead. And when you do find any info on them - it all comes from channeled and new age sources. In English anyway; I imagine it'd be a different matter if you read German and know where to look.

    re: a Dark Knight trailer that was on, made me think, "another Nolan movie with Bale in, where Michael Caine narrates or explains some things about the proceedings?!"

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  10. I have GOTT to see this film. Christian Bale is nothing if (k)NOT(work) a master of disguises & the temperments that go with them. "American Psycho", "The Machinist", as well as "Reign of Fire" all demanded a full immersion into his lead characters' personæ, with truly awe-inspiring results.

    Well, whatever alchemical transubstantiation of our consciousness is afoot here, with or without Mr Bale's complicity, as he would say in his native tongue of Cymri, "Y gwir yn erbyn y byd!"

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  11. Oh hey, speaking of Jack - there's a Kubrick movie season on a TV channel here justnow, and last night there's a trailer for The Shining - it has a brand new scene that wasn't in the original / any version I've seen before (I'm going to check the DVD I have later too, and see if they changed that as well, and if I still have a reaaaally old taped-off-the-TV version then that one also). It's a close-up of the people Wendy sees in the bedroom; I've seen that film loads of times and that scene is one that always sticks in my mind - there was never a close up before.

    That film is still freaky as hell, like it was filmed with someone's chopped off head as the camera or something. I watch it thinking 'what the hell IS IT that is making every fricking scene so odd-feeling' - it feels like there's a patch inside your brain blocking something when that film is watched.
    Lynch films have a similar kind of thing - there's something disturbing about the whole lot, regardless of what the camera is looking at or how any of it is framed. It's like having an evil eye inside your brain that suddenly wakes up when those kinds of films are on - like it is forced to watch all it's actual evil plots being played out in a movie. So you watch them again, to make this thing have to reveal itself and explain why it's spying out of your head, to kill it; to find the ultimate film that'll burn it out once and for all so that thereafter you can watch films (and do anything else) in peace, without it knowing.

    Thought this article on it was very interesting, I'd never really noticed the sound being off-center until I read this:

    http://www.angelfire.com/co/1x137/ts1.html

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  12. It's funny- before the invention of motion picture film, opera was the most loaded and complex of the arts. Opera was where all the arts were synthesised into a new whole. 99.999% of movies are absolutely meaningless, but somehow the entire media is elevated in a strange way when a film like this comes out and activates all of our unconscious minds in strange and unexpected ways. I'm not even sure people are entertained by these kinds of movies- they go to them to have new sectors of their consciousness activated.

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  13. Hey Chris, Gene from Satch's here. Been enjoying your blog lately--lot of downtime at work so I've been going through the archives.

    Anyway, I did see Dark Knight and it was a strange experience. The audience clapped, cheered, or laughed at various violent Joker moments (the pencil scene got a huge round of applause) which was disturbing enough. The strangest thing for me, though, was the overall effect of the film after I left the cinema--I had trouble gathering my thoughts and processing what I'd seen. That's pretty rare for me--usually I start analyzing immediately. I thought I liked the movie, but the more I think about it, the more I see it less as like/dislike than being simply overwhelmed. Maybe it was the psychic juju content. Dunno. I recommend seeing it, though. Maybe you'd have the same reaction.

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  14. Dark Light - Dark Night

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  15. Welcome, Eummie! Interesting observations, now I guess I have to see it.

    Glad you're around- hopefully I can offer something a little more entertaining than "Cut the Crap Debate #31,973."

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