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Christian Bale Quotes

Christian Charles Philip Bale

Christian Bale quotes: the British actor on embarrassment, overcoming a lack of acting talent, total immersion, and more.

Just do it!  Don’t talk about it, get on with it.”

“In life… when you’re able to achieve a certain recklessness, you actually end up getting good results.”

“It’s about pursuing it rather than waiting to see what comes along.”

“The art of survival is a story that never ends.”

“Whatever you do, do it completely.  Don’t do it half-arsed.  Do it more than anybody else would.”

“I tend to think you’re fearless when you recognize why you should be scared of things, but do them anyway.”

“If you’re doing your job properly, you take the risk of feeling slightly foolish and delve in and bring out the emotions.”

“I never want to feel that I’m playing it safe.”

“You either decide to take the easy way out, which means you’re only going to disappoint yourself and everybody else, or you take the risk right now of being a fool, which is the only way you’ll end up being exhilarated later on.”

“I have this theory that, depending on your attitude, your life doesn’t have to become this ridiculous charade that it seems so many people end up living.”

“You have to keep on moving forward and pressing on and finding new and impressive character points.”

“Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough.  Sometimes people have got to have their faith rewarded.”

“It’s very easy to leave when things go wrong, but to stick around and to basically give life to a town because of everything that it gave you generation after generation after generation, that to me is what defines a true American.”

“I like testing myself and seeing how far you can go.”

“I like being responsible for myself.”

“I like just being in charge of what I am doing and that’s it.”

“I didn’t go to college.  I came from a family who didn’t.  My dad was a f*cking brilliant man who pretended he went to college and got a long way with that.”

“I find what I do for a living really funny.  I mean, acting is kind of a hilarious thing for a grown man to call a job.”

“Well, it’s embarrassing to be a star.  Most people look at you like, ‘That’s not a f*cking job, is it?’  And then on top of that, you learn very quickly that you’re just a tool – other people are manipulating everything you do, you’re at the mercy of editors, and there’s nothing you can do.  But I learned that there’s a certain character that can be built from embarrassing yourself endlessly.  If you can sit happy with embarrassment, there’s not much else that can really get to ya.”

“I have a very sissy job, where I go to work and get my hair done, and people do my makeup, and I go and say lines and people spoil me rotten.  And everyone has that kind of curiosity of how far can you go, how far can you take it.  I think it’s always good testing yourself.”

“I feel like I’m pretty good but I don’t like to toot my own horn, you know.  I want to let the work speak for itself and kind of move on to the next thing.”

“I want to do good work.  I want the opportunity to work with good people, and the only way I’m gonna do that is to commit 110% – you get out what you put in.”

“I’m sure you find it fascinating.  It’s always interesting for everybody to look at people who’ve been pushed to the brink.  You wonder how you would fare with that.  Nobody’s interested in somebody who doesn’t ever really do anything.  I don’t have a choice in that.  I will always go for those kinds of characters.  Each one is a separate choice for me, but I think it’s fairly natural to find yourself gravitating towards people who have done extraordinary things.”

“I do envy the people who just roll up and can bang it out.  I envy those people.  They’ve got technique.  They’ve had training.  They know how to make a joke and then keep a straight face.  I can’t do any of that stuff.  I’m the ultimate visiting amateur who is sort of constantly amazed that I keep getting hired.  But then have to work that much harder, because there’s no natural talent here.”

“And I not only inherited an aversion to the nine-to-five routine, but the sense from my parents that being bored and boring is the worst thing that you can be.”

“My dad was the biggest influence on my life because he was never boring.”

“My dad was an unconventional man, and he enjoyed the fact that we had ideas and dreams about doing things which most other people just laugh at and tell you that you’re crazy for having them.  So, in that way he always encouraged us.”

“My father’s motto was: being boring is a sin.  It doesn’t matter if you mess up; at least you’re trying something different.”

“It’s got to do with putting yourself in other people’s shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them.  I like the empathy that comes from acting.”

“I do like taking stuff seriously that a lot of people look at as nonsense.  I enjoy the insanity of that.  And I like the commitment that is needed for that.”

“It was a great honor to be called a mofo by Sam Jackson.”

“[On philosophy of life] One word: immersion.  It doesn’t matter whether I would be acting or doing anything else.  It’s about taking things a little too far.  It’s about, you don’t know the edge until you’ve gone over it.  That fascinates me.”

“Embracing it and going, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?'”

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