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It seems like Christian Bale is having a hard time letting go of Batman. Last week, he was talking about how he "stared into nothing for a half an hour" after learning that Ben Affleck was taking his old job for the upcoming Batman v Superman movie. Now he's taking shots at George Clooney, whose turn as the hard-nippled Caped Crusader should've killed the franchise nearly 20 years ago.
In a new WSJ Magazine story to promote Exodus: Gods and Kings, Bale said Clooney's ongoing battle with the paparazzi is "boring."
It doesn't matter that he talks about it. It's like, come on, guys, just shut up. Just get on with it and live your lives and stop whining about it. I prefer not to whine about it.
Bale is a notoriously hot-headed dude. He was arrested for assaulting his mother and sister, and delivered one of the all-time great psycho monologues after a crew member made the mistake of walking into his sightline during a scene. Still, it's rare for an A-list celebrity to call out one of the most popular movie stars in Hollywood. Especially while defending the paparazzi, one of the few groups almost everyone can agree to hate.
He even points out how awful they are in the same interview:
I was in Italy for a while, home of the paparazzi, right? I was in Italy with my wife. I would go to work; she would leave the hotel. There would be a man who stood outside of the hotel, and he would say the most obscene things imaginable to my wife. Now, that happened a number of times. I know what he's after; he has a strategy there. Am I able to say I'm not gonna give him that satisfaction of angry Christian Bale coming after this man? But equally, he's killing my humanity and my dignity as a husband if I do not, and he knows this. So you've got a choice.