Terminator actor Christian Bale aloof about visit to Oklahoma

BY GEORGE LANG Modified: May 22, 2009 at 12:40 am •  Published: May 22, 2009
is that kind of experience.

"I saw a few different variations, like any movie goes through, but ultimately the last one I saw, I felt satisfied,” he said. "The public will decide — this is not a movie that you watch as a personal, 2 o’clock in the morning viewing. It’s not something which is gazing into the human soul and speaking to you in that way. It’s a movie that’s meant to be watched with a lot of different people, where you get that common energy. Movies like this ... it’s a lot like sports. That’s what I loved about seeing ‘T2,’ and I thought we had a chance here.”

Although Bale is guarded with his answers and cagy about future projects, that protective armor makes sense. Since "The Dark Knight” became the biggest hit of 2008, Bale was in the news for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister in London. Then in February, audio surfaced of Bale lashing out at "Terminator Salvation” director of photography Shane Hurlbut. He acknowledged the effect that Internet-based scandal reporting has on his life, but Bale said he keeps such parajournalism at a distance.

"My life is much happier when I ignore that,” Bale said. "As for other people, it’s their choice. If they want to embrace that, they’re probably going to sacrifice enjoyment of the movies. But it’s their choice. If that’s what they love looking at ... I don’t get it. It is what it is.”

So, information is parceled out as needed. The Internet Movie Database includes something called "Untitled Batman Project” in Bale’s 2011 filmography, but Bale will neither confirm nor deny that he will be wearing "Dark Knight” gear in the near future.

"After making a number of blunders, I’ve learned that I don’t answer that question until (director) Christopher Nolan answers that question,” he said.

And after that question is answered, perhaps the mysteries about Bartlesville will be revealed.

Travel and accommodations paid for by Warner Bros.

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