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All Quotes by author - Christian Bale
" '3:10 to Yuma' was one that I just kept on talking and thinking about after reading it. And I think the reason is because, like in most Westerns, you have the very clear-cut bad-guy/good-guy, however, as the movie progresses, you kind of see that it's a very fine line that divides these two. "
" An actor should never be larger than the film he's in. "
" A teenager usually wants to try to get people to notice him in some way, to feel like someone gives a damn. Me, all that attention, I just wanted to fade into the background. Be invisible. Disappear. "
" 'Batman' took 10 months to film, and by the time I stopped working on it, it took a long time before my English accent came out again. I was actually having to try for it. "
" Essentially, I'm untrained, so I just go with my imagination and try to put myself as solidly as I can into the shoes of whatever person I'm going to be playing. "
" How serious can a movie about time-traveling robots be? You want it to be cool and fun. "
" I always leave that for other people to decide, because some of the things I consider to be disasters are some people's favorite movies. And that's what I like so much, is that you never know. Something intrigues somebody and means nothing to somebody else. "
" I don't personally look to my own life experiences for answers about how to play a scene. "
" I don't think I'm like any of the characters I've played - they're all really far from who I am. "
" If everyone really knew what a jerk I am in real life, I wouldn't be so adored in the slightest. "
" If I'm not working, I really have nothing to do with it - I'm not hanging out and mixing with film people. Not that I have anything against film people; they're some of the best people around and some of the worst people around, just like in any business... they just gesticulate a little bit more. "
" I find something fascinating about the quiet man in the background who has no desire to be the center of attention. "
" I have a fear of being boring. "
" 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. "
" I'm not an actor that tends to care. I don't ask 'Is this a close up? Is this a master? Is this a wide? What are you doing? If I look up and notice the camera I go 'Oh, it's a big one today, must be an IMAX.' And that's kinda it for me because it doesn't affect what I'm doing. "
" I only sound intelligent when there's a good script writer around. "
" I put on weight like Santa Claus. I just get this belly that kind of extends out. "
" I tend to stay in character between scenes... to be rather serious on set, but here's why, and I think people will find it surprising. I'm one of the worst 'corpses' on a movie set, which means you can't keep a straight face. You start to get the giggles and you can't stop. "
" I tend to think you're fearless when you recognize why you should be scared of things, but do them anyway. "
" I think trying too hard to be sexy is the worst thing in the world a woman can do. "
" 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 only thing that I'm obsessed with is sleeping, and actually, it is more than an obsession, it is a pleasure. "
" There are movies where actors aren't characters but movie stars, being cool beyond belief throughout the whole movie. That is what it is. And we reveal ourselves when we act, very often without noticing. But if I can manage to do a character without showing anything of myself, then that's the ultimate goal for me. No leakage. "
" There was a great complexity to my father. He was a devoted family man. But, in the same breath, he simply was not suited to an anchored life. He should have been somebody who had a backpack, an old map, a bit of change in his pocket and that was it - roaming the world. "
" 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. "
" Working out is incredibly boring. I swear it's true that the bigger your muscles get, the fewer brain cells you have. "
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