Christian Bale defends Ridley Scott’s Exodus casting + secrets about the Blade Runner sequel

Film legends Sir Ridley Scott and Christian Bale stopped by on EW Radio to talk all things Exodus: Gods and Kings. Alright, some Batman banter might have slipped in there too. And obligatory Blade Runner sequel talk. (But we promise, no Newsies references were made in the making of this SiriusXM Town Hall.)

The film, which is set in Egypt, is an epic retelling of the biblical story of Moses. However, Exodus stars a predominantly white cast and has already received widespread criticism as a result. Bale defended Scott’s casting, saying patronizing independent films with more diverse casts gets a lot more done than pointing fingers.

“We’ve had some conversations with people about white people being cast in the film,” Bale said. “Independent films change the market. Financiers look to independent films to see what is going on … Instead of pointing fingers and protesting, the way things can change is if people are constructive. And if you say to yourself, ‘I’m gonna support Middle Eastern or North African filmmakers … I’m gonna go see those little movies.’ Because gradually they’ll build, and gradually, those actors will get into bigger films.”

From American Psycho to The Machinist to Hustle, Bale has had to transform himself into a variety of characters. But not just in the totally mental Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis-esque way. Bale has had to lose and gain significant amounts of weight over the years. What did the Moses diet entail?

“Move around a lot and don’t eat much,” Bale said. “And just concentrate on growing hair.”

We’re not sure if that one will top the 2015 New Year’s resolution fitness craze list, but Bale does have a new habitual obsession. Though Bale’s facial hair changes as frequently in Exodus as Lady Gaga’s wardrobe does in a three minute music vid, he said yak hair made the fake beard process bearable – even though it frequently began at 3 a.m.

“One of the first things I said to Rid, I said, ‘I really don’t want to wear any lace, beards or any wigs’ … You’ve got like a monkey’s bottom or like a monkey’s asshole for a mouth,” Bale said. “But we had this Italian lady, and Italians are fantastic at adding yak hair, strand by strand. I would be getting in the makeup chair at three o’clock in the morning. But it’s great because you can talk and you can move and you can do everything properly without any restrictions at all.”

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And of course, Bale finally cleared up that ending to The Dark Knight Rises. Gotham can now OFFICIALLY rest easy.

“With most films, I tend to always say, ‘It’s what the audience thinks it is,’ Bale said. “My personal opinion is that no, it was not a dream. That was for real. And he was just delighted that, finally, he had freed himself from the privilege but ultimately the burden of being Bruce Wayne.”

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