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Christian Bale Opens Up About Potential Retirement From Acting

Christian Balestar of The Dark Knight trilogy and the new movie Amsterdam, opens up about possibly quitting acting. Bale has been acting since he was a child, with his first major role under the direction of Steven Spielberg in 1987’s realm of the sun. As his career progressed, he appeared in such films as News items and Swing Kids before going deep into a killer’s mind and leaving an indelible impression on the audience with his twisted performance in american psychopath.

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Bale would then play his most recognizable role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, starting in 2005 with Batman Begins. His tenure as Batman made him a sought after actor and he would go on to work with several high profile filmmakers such as David O. Russell, James Mangold, Scott Cooper and Ridley Scott. Bale’s role as Dicky Ecklund in 2010 The fighter earned him his first Academy Award nomination and win. He would be nominated three more times for his roles in American crowds, The big shortand Shame, but he didn’t win for those movies. This year Bale returned to the realm of superheroes to play the villain Gorr Thor: Love and Thunderand he’s teamed up again with David O. Russell for the new movie Amsterdam.

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In a recent interview with GQBale said he would be “More than content” stop acting. The 48-year-old explained and said there are interests other than acting that he would like to pursue, mentioning that he tends to enjoy the parts where he doesn’t have to pretend to be someone else. Check out Bale’s comments on retirement below:

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More than happy: damn ecstatic. I’ve always been on ‘When is this going to end? This must come to an end.’ I like to do things that have nothing to do with film. And I find that I’m very happy that I’m not dressing up, and not pretending to be someone else for a long time.’

Christian Bale’s Approach To Acting Could Be Why He Wants To Retire

Bale’s approach to each role may very well be related to why the actor seems eager to retire. He is known for giving his best for every role he takes on, with countless intense examples throughout his career. In front of the driver, the actor dropped to 110 pounds from a reported starting weight of 173, leaving him dangerously emaciated. Immediately following the driverhe quickly rebuilt himself for a muscular role in Batman Begins, which will undoubtedly be a shock to the body. He would lose weight again for roles that demanded it save the dawnwhere he played a prisoner of war, and The fighter, where he played a drug addict. Bale has even gone to the other extreme, gaining weight, and even prosthetics, to play Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s Shame.

Bale also takes his preparation for each role seriously, other than his physical appearance, meeting real people he often portrays, knowing his characters inside out, and even avoiding other actors who cause him to break character, much like Chris Rock reportedly made him laugh while they filmed Amsterdam. With someone willing to give so much to his craft, it seems odd that he would want to be done with it. However, with as much as Bale has cast in each role, his exhaustion with the trade is understandable. However, Bale is still working on another collaboration with Scott Cooper, The light blue eye, which will be released later this year. So while Bale may be ready to retire, his career still seems to be moving forward with new projects.

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Source: GQ

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