Christian Bale acquired his passion for acting at a young age. But in the final point of his teenage years, Bale considered leaving his professional career behind. If only because Bale was curious to know what other normal teenagers were doing at the time.
Unsurprisingly for Bale, he ended up being a professional actor. As a kid, Bale confided that he just fell into acting. After developing a fascination with the profession, acting went from a childhood hobby to a viable career choice.
“I never took acting classes or anything like that,” Bale once said in an interview with NJ. “It was more about just being interested in whatever came up, rather than thinking this was something I wanted to make a career out of. But when I decided I wanted to have a career, it didn’t shock my parents. What would have shocked her is if I wanted to put on a suit and tie and go from 9 to 5.”
But as his star power increased again during those years, he saw his anonymity decline. In his opinion, anonymity was crucial for a child’s development. So Bale had a rough time losing it.
“I wasn’t happy. And, you know, I can’t help but look at it now and say there’s a point where a kid playing just becomes abuse,” Bale said. “I really think it can destroy all the enjoyment that a child gets from it and I’m uneasy about it now. Maybe there are some wonderful people out there, but I always suspect someone who wants to raise children for a living.”
Bale was eventually able to adjust to his fame and fame to pursue his acting career. But in his later teens, he noticed how other teenagers lived their lives. He saw many children his age still contemplating what they wanted to do. With no career, it meant many teenagers didn’t have the same responsibilities as the Oscar winner.
“You’re talking 17, 18, whatever – age when most people I knew were going to college and going to college and stuff. And I wasn’t, you know, I was working, and that’s great, but what comes with that are bills to pay, responsibilities and stuff like that,” Bale once revealed to Ain’t It Cool.
This caused Bale to consider what he wanted to do. But it was a thought that only lasted for a moment.
“I was kind of like, ‘Eh, maybe I should just throw that in and do what they do, because all they do is study and screw up the rest of the time.'” Balle added. “There was a temptation to be a little more normal. But not anymore, no. I don’t feel that at all.”
Although Bale has claimed he loves what he does, he has also confided that he enjoys having a bit of off time. As passionate as acting is, Bale shared that there are other hobbies he looks forward to in his free time.
“I’ve always wondered, ‘When is this going to end? It has to end.” I like doing things that aren’t related to film. And I find myself very happily not dressing up, not pretending to be someone else for a long time,” he said in a recent interview with GQ.
One of the reasons why he continues to act, apart from his passion, would be for his loved ones. That’s how Bale got into the business in the first place.
“Look, me and some friends, we kind of did these little skits. But every child does. Every kid behaves a bit like that. And then I just found myself in the position of family matters… realizing that through this I can support the family: That’s why I’m doing it. And I have an absolute love-hate relationship with it,” added Bale.
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