“It was a great honor to be called mofo”: Christian Bale’s Frustrating $107.6M Film Was Made Worth It After Being Cussed Out By Samuel L. Jackson

hristian Bale’s Frustrating $107.6M Film Was Made Worth It After Being Cussed Out By Samuel L. Jackson
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Christian Bale is an incredible actor who has done his fair share of earning awards and proving himself to be one of the most versatile actors out there. Starring in some iconic roles such as Batman, American Psycho, and Gorr the God Butcher, Bale is one of the finest actors that Hollywood has ever seen.

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But that doesn’t mean the actor did not have his fair share of bad films. Starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the 2000 film called Shaft, Bale remembers his proudest moment. Talking about how Jackson cursed him throughout the whole movie, the Batman Begins actor recalled that it was an honor!

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When Christian Bale Was Called a “Mofo” By Samuel L. Jackson

After finding fame by portraying the role of Patrick Bateman in the iconic 2000 movie American Psycho, Christian Bale decided to join hands with Samuel L. Jackson to star in the movie titled Shaft.

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Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft (2000)
Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft (2000)

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Portraying the role of the central villain, Bale portrayed the son of a business tycoon who is brought to justice for a racially motivated murder. During the aftermath of the film, the American Hustle actor talked about how Samuel L. Jackson called him a “motherf*cker” and it was one of his greatest pleasures!

“Primarily him [Samuel L. Jackson] glaring at me and calling me ‘motherf*cker’. And, it was a great honor to be called mofo by Sam Jackson” said Bale in an interview on YouTube.

Although it was indeed an honor for the actor, Christian Bale revealed that he was also frustrated while working on the film. Having completed American Psycho, the Ford v Ferrari actor felt that he was a little part of a big film.

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Christian Bale Was Frustrated By Working In Shaft

Christian Bale in Shaft (2000)
Christian Bale in Shaft (2000)

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Having finished the shooting of Shaft, Christian Bale talked about working in the 2000 movie in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. With the movie turning out to be an average film, Bale admitted that he was quite frustrated while working on the sets of Shaft.

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“[American Psycho] is an important role for me. Rather than being just a part in a film, essentially being the film meant an awful lot to me. I’m really enjoying that. Frankly, I found it a little bit frustrating doing Shaft [starring Samuel L. Jackson] because I’m back to being one part in a very big film. … I’m the bad guy, really. Myself and Jeffrey Wright. I’m sort of the bad bad guy and he’s the good bad guy.”

Being a part of a long-running franchise, Shaft was a soft reboot and received a rating of 6/10 on IMDB and 67% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is available to stream on Paramount+ in the U.S.

Source: YouTube, Entertainment Weekly

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.