We love Christian Bale. He may be politically incorrect; he may be a careless crew member’s worst nightmare. But on the page, in the December issue of Esquire Magazine, he is a more entertaining interview than ten stage managed Hollywood press junkets put together.

Thankfully, writer John H. Richardson is willing to match him jab for jab and share italicized thoughts along the way. After some opening, page one parrying, Richardson opines that Bale’s insistence that the actor’s interviews now be printed only in full Q&A transcript format is a “dick movie-star” move, on par with Tom Cruise.

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