Christian Bale must be a busy man. He just won the Oscar for best supporting actor in The Fighter and now his Chinese epic, The 13 Women of Nanjing has finished shooting, overlapping with The Dark Knight Rises production. Man, how can Bale go from movie to movie and continue to deliver such fine performances? He’s always been one of my favorite actors, mainly for the way he submerges himself in any role, whether it’s losing weight or gaining weight, Bale always brings 100 percent to the table.
I’d have to say his weakest performance was playing John Connor in Terminator Salvation. It’s like he combined his Batman voice with a generic soldier character and called it a day. I’m assuming the reason he took the part was to be able to play one of the most classic characters in recent film history, John Connor, the man that leads the resistance against the machines! It didn’t help that he had an outbreak on set with one of the directors of photography. I’ll admit, the clip was kind of funny and he sure did come off as a major dick, but seriously, when you’re working on a set and you’re trying to get into the character it probably would be hard to focus when the DP is fucking around in the background.
I don’t think it is a coincidence that his weakest performance was under the direction of a not so great director, McG. This just goes to prove that sometimes not even a great actor can save a shitty production.
Anyways, check out a picture of Christian Bale in The 13 Women of Nanjing, thanks to TheFilmStage:
Chinese sex workers in 1937 volunteer to replace university students as escorts for invading Japanese soldiers.