“We showed up, didn’t really talk about the scene and just started acting it,” the Harry Potter graduate said of working with Academy Award-winner Bale on the Netflix film.
According to co-star Harry Melling, Christian Bale didn’t show method acting techniques during the Netflix movie The Pale Blue Eye.
The Harry Potter and Queen’s Gambit alum recalled working with Oscar winner Bale on the mystery thriller. Bale plays a former detective who comes out of retirement to investigate a string of executions alongside Edgar Allan Poe (Melling). The film is based on the Louis Bayard novel and will be directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”), with Bale also producing.
“My experience working on it was that we showed up, didn’t really talk about the scene and just started acting it,” Melling told The Independent of working with Bale, citing the fact that he “don’t really know” , which constitutes method acting. “There was no staying in character, but I think you’re always stuck in some form of character just because you’re wearing the clothes and being in that environment as that person.”
Melling added, “I think method acting gets some unhelpful branding sometimes.”
The star also called Bale “one of the most generous performers I’ve ever worked with.”
Bale previously told The Hollywood Reporter that each role presents a new challenge as he “never really studied” professional acting.
“With every single film I’m like, ‘Oh God, what have I done? How did I get back in there? You’ll find I have no idea what I’m doing,'” Bale said. “But I think that’s why I’m still interested in it because I don’t have any real technique. People always say, “Oh, he’s a method actor,” but I’m not a method actor because it takes learning. I just do what I think is necessary that day.”
The Dark Knight actor also said during a GQ cover story earlier this year that it would have been “a pathetic attempt” to channel Method acting techniques into a superhero film.
The Amsterdam star continued: “I like the madness of the job itself. I think it’s the idea of what people think an actor is embarrassed about. I mean, how many useful jobs are there really in life helping other people? Am I just making more stupid background noise? But the acting itself, I enjoy how ridiculous it is. I love something that you can just go too far with. Humans are damn fascinating. I love people, I love observing people and I can observe them in a way that would otherwise be found extremely bizarre.”
https://www.indiewire.com/2023/01/christian-bale-no-method-acting-during-the-pale-blue-eye-harry-melling-1234795473/ Christian Bale didn’t act methodically in The Pale Blue Eye