Christian Bale who is termed as a ‘method actor’ for his inconceivable body transformation, has opened up about his physical transformations. As an actor who knows no bounds to get under the skin of the characters like the skeletal insomniac in The Machinist or the pot-bellied con artist in American Hustle, Christian Bale says that ‘transformation’ is the key to his acting and keeps the process intriguing and interesting.
In an interview with PTI, Bale stated, "It's not necessarily what everybody does. I greatly admire people who are able to be themselves and be entertaining and be one thing all the time. There is an incredible talent to that. I don't have that.”
Bale who plays Bagheera in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is currently in India for the promotion, "I like to see how much I can take myself out of each and every character I play. I actually enjoy that I don't have a particular technique and it change all the time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't,".
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Although, fans consider him the Dark knight who keeps the baddies at bay, the 44-year-old stated that he approaches every role with same apprehension and that one question everybody ponders over…Oh god, how am I gonna do this??
"I don't consider myself the master of my craft and I think that's what keeps me intrigued because I never did train. I literally had couple of weekends at YMCA. I make it up each time and my wife knows this. Every time I get cast, I go, 'Oh god! How am I gonna do this.' I change my technique every single time," Bale told PTI.
"People have been saying to me that 'you are a method actor'. That requires training in the method and I have no idea what that means at all. I just make it up as I go along," he added.
Bale who plays ‘Bagheera’ for the Rudyard Kipling's classic says that he is sufficiently intrigued about the role.
In a press conference on Sunday, the actor said he found a close connection with the three main characters, panther Bagheera, man-cub Mowgli and the film's villain, Bengal tiger Sher Khan.
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"Like Mowgli, Bagheera had to work out who he was. He has taken the damage and turned it into love and positivity whereas Sher Khan has taken it and turned it into bitterness and hatred," Bale had said.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle features voice-overs by Bale, Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander and Peter Mullan. The film stars Rohan Chand as the title character.
The film has been dubbed in Hindi by Abhishek Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit and Kareena Kapoor.