Starring in $214M Johnny Depp Movie Made Everyone Treat Christian Bale “Like a freak”

Christian Bale was branded as a freak by people for his role in a movie starring Johnny Depp

Starring in $214M Johnny Depp Movie Made Everyone Treat Christian Bale “Like a freak”


  • Christian Bale is one of the most dedicated actors in all of Hollywood.
  • His brilliance as a method actor has only served to propel him to the top of the industry.
  • However, he was once considered a freak after his role in a Johnny Depp movie.
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Christian Bale is undoubtedly one of the most well-known and established actors in all of Hollywood right now, thanks to his iconic roles in films such as American Psycho, The Prestige, and The Machinist. That said, Bale was once treated like a freak thanks to his role in a critically lauded Johnny Depp film.


The actor has developed a reputation as one of the best method actors in all of Hollywood right now, as he has gained weight and also lost it for several roles. Bale never failed to go above and beyond for every role in his movies and fans continue to respect him no matter what.

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The Machinist

Christian Bale’s Role In A Johnny Depp Film Made Him Get Treated Like A Freak

It has already been established that Christian Bale is a true method actor who is never afraid of going beyond the call of duty to ensure he fully nails any given role in a movie. That said, it also has its drawbacks.

While speaking to Interview Magazine, Christian Bale spoke to Graham Fuller, and the two dove deep into what makes Bale function as an actor. Bale revealed that his role in the 2009 film Public Enemies made people treat him like a freak.

Yes. Suddenly people were saying I was cocky because I’d done a Steven Spielberg movie and thought I was better than everyone else, which surprised me at first. I suddenly started feeling like a freak because everyone was treating me differently. It was confusing, and I did wonder if acting was for me anymore.”

Christian Bale has grown a lot as a person as well as an actor since that film, as he has continued to pave his own path and carve a legacy in the industry that will help him stand out from the rest in a big way.


Also read: “I really don’t need to actually hit you”: Christian Bale Almost Beat the Sh*t Out of Heath Ledger after Joker Star Consented

American Psycho

Christian Bale Enjoyed Not Speaking To Johnny Depp During Public Enemies Filming

Christian Bale and Johnny Depp-starrer Public Enemies was a biopic drama directed by Michael Mann. The movie was an adaptation of Bryan Burrough’s 2004 book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34. Depp portrayed John Dillinger while Bale portrayed FBI agent Melvin Purvis.

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Public Enemies

While speaking with Wales Online via The News, Christian opened up about his relationship with Johnny Depp. Bale revealed that he didn’t speak to Depp on the set of Public Enemies so that they didn’t affect their on-screen presence, something that he enjoyed.


“I didn’t want to talk unless it was while we were doing a scene, I enjoy it that way. Johnny seemed happy to do it that way, too. We really didn’t get to know each other better between takes.”

Bale also added that this helped in their performance in the movie as the story was very similar to how they acted towards each other on set. Regardless, Christian Bale will continue to be one of the best method actors in Hollywood and that’s never changing.

Also read: “He was behaving in a very similar fashion”: Christian Bale Was Taken Aback by Heath Ledger’s Demand as Joker That Eclipsed His Own Method Acting


Written by Subhojeet Mookherjee

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Subhojeet Mookherjee is a Freelance Entertainment Writer for FandomWire. A lover and expert in all things movies, games, TV shows, music and more. I've been in the writing business for over five years now, covering various topics all over the world. I love engaging in deep conversations with like-minded people.