Christian Bale relishes playing real-life people

Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Oscar-winning star Christian Bale has revealed he finds a "freedom" in playing real-life people.

Christian Bale finds a "freedom" in playing real-life people.

The 41-year-old star, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Dicky Eklund in 'The Fighter', has admitted he enjoys getting to know the characters he plays on the big screen.

Asked about his penchant for playing real-life characters, Christian said:"It's happened for me a few times. You're talking about about Dickie, who I am still in touch with, and Dickie's son as well. And Mel from 'American Hustle'.

"I find there's a freedom in playing a real character because, unlike with fictional characters, you have evidence: When you present something to a director and they say, 'What are you doing?'"

Christian also explained how his approach differs when he gets to play real-life people.

He told Vulture: "You can go, 'Look, this is what the guy's like,' and they can't argue with you. Whereas when it's entirely fictional, they look at you like you are trying to steal the scene. Like, 'This is too much, this is over the top.'

"When you are dealing with a real person, it's the most satisfying and freeing acting I've ever felt."


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