While promoting his upcoming film Public Enemies, Christian Bale gave Collider some details on his upcoming role in Fighter including a possible start date. Until now, nothing had been confirmed for the film, but Bale’s biceps seem to think they’re going to begin shooting soon. He seems to be eager to jump into Fighter, not only because it’s being made by recently Academy Award nominated Director Darren Aronofsky but because of the fact that he has been boxing like crazy to get in shape for the role.
Check out what he had to say below…
As for Fighter getting off the ground…
He started off by saying “[They] might start [shooting] within a couple of weeks.” But then when asked about it later if that was a sure thing, he replied with, “I hope it is.”
Bale explains the story behind The Fighter:
It’s a true story of two incredibly gifted boxers who were half brothers. The one, Dicky Ecklund, who fought Sugar Ray Leonard at a very young age, when he was twenty one, was an incredible natural talent. He lived a very hard life. Then he came to train his brother, Irish Mickey Ward, to the world title.
Bale is set to play Dicky and Mark Wahlberg will play “Irish” Mickey Ward. Apparently all Bale has been doing is prepaing for this role by boxing with the man he is about to play in the film. He added that “It’s a wonderful thing when your trainer is actually the person you’re playing.”
It sounds like Fighter may finally be getting of the ground! I just hope that Aronofsky is able to bring out a new side of Bale. I think we’re all getting tired of the overly serious, violent action-guy. Even though there is action in this film, Aronofsky is great at dissecting the human side of any story.
As for what he has to say about Batman 3, it was rather limited…
I really cannot tell you if there will ever be another ‘Batman’ movie right now. Chris has obviously done an incredible job with it. He’s devoted to the movie that he’s on right now. I’m none the wiser about we’ll ever be revisiting Gotham or not.
And as for Terminator 5, he had even less to say…
No conversation has been had about that at all.
Give the man some gloves and get him into a boxing run. We can all wait for another Batman film to be done right and hopefully the realization that there shouldn’t be another Terminator.
Check out more details for the interview at Collider.com