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“He finds every reason not to go to work”: Christian Bale Accused of Being the Laziest Actor in Hollywood By Director Scott Cooper Despite Insane Transformations Over the Years

Christian-Bale Scott-Cooper

Christian Bale has made a name for himself in Hollywood. From his insane physical transformations to terrific performances, his filmography is impressive. But surprisingly, Bale who was recently seen in The Pale Blue Eye actor was accused of being very lazy by director Scott Cooper. The Dark Knight fame has collaborated with Cooper for three movies till now.

Christian Bale
Christian Bale

It can’t be denied that Christian Bale and Scott Cooper have known each other pretty well by now. The last time the duo was spotted working together was in 2017’s Hostiles. Before that, they have also together in Out of the Furnace and Bale named their three movies as the “Ethics of Revenge” trilogy.

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Why is Christian Bale called lazy by Scott Cooper?

Christian Bale Scott Cooper
Christian Bale with Scott Cooper

For any fan of the 48-year-old actor, it would sound bizarre that the actor is lazy. Especially after the insane transformations Christian Bale presented in movies like The Machinist, American Psycho, and Amsterdam, it becomes more difficult to accept the fact. But the actor himself agreed that he always tries to avoid work.

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The topic came up during a press tour of Bale’s latest The Pale Blue Eye movie. The host asked why The Dark Knight actor took so long to respond to the Out of the Furnace script. To it, he replied that as usual he wanted to avoid working and tried to be a family man but he loved the script and found it too difficult to let go of the project.

“As usual, I was trying to avoid working. (Laughs.) But it was too good to pass up. If you’re in a position where you don’t have to work that second and you can throw it away, then throw it away. But I just kept on thinking about it, and I knew that it was going to keep me engaged. You need to become obsessed about these things, and so that allowed me to become obsessed for the few months that it took to film it.” 

Christian Bale Out of the Furnace
Christian Bale in the Out of the Furnace

As the conversation progressed, even Scott Cooper admitted how Christian Bale reminded him of Jeff Bridges. Bridges was cast in Cooper’s directorial debut Crazy Heart. But the director also added how both the actors are great family men.

“Christian is a little bit like Jeff Bridges, who was in my first film [Crazy Heart]. They find every reason not to go to work. They have very rich lives offscreen, outside of the film business, and they are both very devoted family men.”

Scott Cooper added how he writes his movies keeping in mind the actors and it was very tough for him when Bale denied the script for Out of the Furnace. But fortunately, the Thor 4 actor returned to Cooper, and the director-actor duo was spotted in two more movies after that.

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How is The Pale Blue Eye?

Christian Bale in The Pale Blue Eye
Christian Bale as Augustus Landor in The Pale Blue Eye

The Pale Blue Eye shows Christian Bale as a brooding detective Augustus Landor in 1830 investigating a series of murders along with the help of a cadet named Edgar Allan Poe. Following a selected theatrical release, the movie hit the streaming platform at the start of this year.

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The gothic murder mystery garnered average to mixed reviews from everywhere. While the performances are appreciated, some critics complained that it is very long and somewhere it fails to impress. On the other hand, it received a 72% audience rating on Rotten tomatoes against a 63% critics rating. It is evident from the reviews that a significant amount of fans have liked the movie.

The Pale Blue Eye can be streamed on Netflix.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Subham Mandal

Subham Mandal is currently working as a writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. Subham has written more than 400 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English based in Kolkata. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.