Christian Bale: Moses is 'most extreme' role ever

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 December 2014
Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Christian Bale says the character of Moses in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' was the "most extreme" role he has ever undertaken

Christian Bale says the character of Moses in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' was the "most extreme" role he has ever undertaken.

The 'American Hustle' star plays the Egyptian prince in the new blockbuster and felt compelled to act differently around the set when filming the movie because he wanted to do the character justice.

He revealed: "Moses is the most extreme character I've ever played. Because of that I actually changed the way I behaved on set. I kind of kept to myself, because I find it very difficult to get to know people too well and then play a character."

The film - directed by Ridley Scott - features Christian's character as the defiant protagonist who fights against Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) by sending 600,000 slaves on a journey to escape Egypt, and the star admitted the character was even more difficult to perfect than gruesome murderer Patrick Bateman in the 2000 movie, 'American Psycho'.

He continued: "I thought: 'I've got to turn him on and off because he's too much.' You know, I played Patrick Bateman in 'American Psycho' where I stayed in character, but Moses is way more extreme than Patrick Bateman."

Christian - who is married to Hollywood stunt double Sibi Blazic - added he found it tough getting back into shape for the movie, having previously played overweight con man Irving Rosenfeld in the Golden Globe winning picture, 'American Hustle'.

He told Notebook magazine: "I was thankful to wear loose-fitting tent-like clothes throughout the film, as I was desperately trying to lose weight. I didn't feel playing Moses as a fat guy would be fitting."

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