Blog By K.

Give the guy a break, people.

In Actor, Film on 2011/02/27 at 4:19 pm

So I’ve got this problem. Basically, I’m a hypocrite. I disown every award ceremony there is, claiming they’re all popularity contests (which in fact they are), but then as soon as they’re on the tube I can’t help myself of watching the entire thing. The Globes were first, then The BAFTAs and now tonight – The Oscars. It might also have something to do with the fact that my favorite actor since I first saw him gutting people open as Patrick Bateman – Christian Bale – is nominated in all of the award shows and is in fact winning every single time. Exception being The BAFTAs where The King’s Speech took home every award there was, especially with the three leads – Firth, Bonham-Carter and Rush who all won in their categories.

Now, Bale has had a tough break with the masses. I know it’s weird that I’m talking about him like he’s my godson or something, but c’mon, I’ve loved this guy’s talent for as long as I can remember. Before all the media frenzy, way back when I had to explain to people who he actually was. So after The Dark Knight – or Batman Begins for those who were truly paying attention – people started noticing him. After watching BB in general people were turned on by the guy. After watching TDK people were turned off. The raspy voice. You know what I mean. Here’s when Bale became an easier target for his acting ways than Leno with his wussy jokes. Everyone made a big deal out of it, or at least those who hadn’t even seen BB since the unorthodox voice was there to begin with. Funny how people kept picking on the guy for this, saying: “I can’t even concentrate on the movie itself whenever Batman opens his yap” when not a single person was distracted by Rorschach in the film Watchmen (released a few months afterwards) when he used the same raspy voice for his character. So, strike one. Then Terminator Salvation comes out, a movie that becomes a big hit on theatres worldwide. The film itself is only average, solely worth seeing for the action sequences and visual effects (excluding the recreation of  a very visibly fake Arnold in the end). But this wasn’t the only thing people were scratching their heads over, again Bale had made some choices that people apparently weren’t responding that well too. So much that critics were actually applauding co-star Sam Worthington for his work on the film. If you’ve seen Salvation, you know something’s terribly wrong by even uttering such a thing. And so, strike two.

Then. Then the infamous rant. For this you’ve got the three most common responses:
one – “I’ve lost all respect for this guy”, two – “He was in character the entire time” and three – “Well, if my Director of Photography was such a noob I’d get in his face too”. Now this is a matter I can’t really put my finger on. Do we all have a bad day sometimes? Yes. Would I get upset if someone was doing their job poorly? Yes. Would that excuse my actions in form of a verbal barrage? No, not really. But consider this: I no longer have any privacy (something that has shifted very recently). I bring my work home. My work happens to be an on-the-brink soldier suffering from constant anxiety and survival of the fittest-undertones. In the extreme measure. It’s no secret Bale’s a method actor, so was Bobby De Niro. And he was also famous for his behavior, but no one would talk about it because, well – it’s Robert De Niro for Christ’s sake. So no, it doesn’t excuse the incident, but honestly, we have to take under consideration that if we all judged our friends, family or ourselves for that matter in the same way there wouldn’t be anyone left in our social network. (And this would be strike three, for those of you who’re counting.)

Tonight Bale’s on the line for an Oscar, and he’s gonna win it, as we all know. So this is what I ask: watch his work. Watch Empire of the Sun and weep. Watch American Psycho and laugh. Watch The Machinist while anxiety-ridden. And then watch The Fighter and see why this attempt of an unofficial tribute was even written. As for me, I’m off to watch Rescue Dawn – another token of Bale at his best. As always.

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