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Christian Bale for GQ UK August

Christian Bale Bares All For GQ

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Out of the bat suit and into something a little more dapper, Christian Bale makes scruffy look sexy on the cover of the August issue of GQ UK. With The Dark Knight's release date just over a week away, he's got plenty to say about the film, but also shows us more of the man behind the latest caped crusader. Here are highlights:

  • On how his wife handles how he embodies the roles he plays: "Well, she gets to sleep with a whole bunch of different men, so maybe it's not so bad for my wife. And she does it without having to feel guilty!"
  • On being a father: "The time I spend with my daughter is just incredible. She's a little rascal. I'm not going to miss her growing up for anything, not even for Batman. I'm certainly not going to be one of those fathers who picks up a photo of his daughter and has regrets about not being around."
  • On doing risky stunts even though he has a family to think about: "People will say, Why is he still doing this crazy sh*t?' But I'm OK with that. I'd like my daughter to see me do these things, as I saw my father do some crazy things and learnt to appreciate it. My philosophy isn't so much, 'Do what I do.' It's more, 'Whatever you do, do it completely. Don't do it half-arsed. Do it more than anybody else would.'"

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  • On doing some of his own stunts: "We were shooting in Chicago one day and I overheard a couple of the stunt guys talking about a shot that needed to be set up, with Batman hanging off the edge of the Sears Tower. They wanted a stunt guy to do it but I was like, 'What? No, no, no. I am doing that.' I had to wrestle a bit with the producers but eventually I twisted their arms. A few days later I was standing 110 stories up, looking out over Chicago, on the edge of one of the tallest towers in the world, with a helicopter about two inches from my bloody face. Did I have a safety rope? Yeah, just don't tell anyone. But it was a thrill; it got the heart going — especially when the wind picked up and I was leaning all the way out over the edge. I mean, you can't play a superhero and not enjoy it, right?"
  • On getting recognized: "I used to think about it way more when I wasn't being recognized. For ages I used to think people were staring at me and I'd think, 'Oh no. I've been spotted by some deranged fan.' But of course they hadn't really recognized me at all, I just had something unsightly coming out of my nose. But anonymity back then was a lovely thing. Strangely enough, I was wandering around Rome recently, I think I was having insomnia issues or jet lag while filming, so I kept going for these late-night walks. I kept seeing this same guy wandering around some evenings, looking a little lost like me. I waved and said hello to him one night — it was f*cking Viggo Mortensen. So it seems the only people who spot me are fellow sleepless actors in Europe!"
  • On the possibility of winning an Oscar someday: "Look, I'm human, and I guess I can't help but like it when someone says they like my work. If someone wanted to jump up and down and go, 'You nailed that part. You. Are. F*cking. Fantastic,' of course I'd be riding high on that. But before that happens, I'll just have a couple of drinks with my pals."
Join The Conversation
roor roor 9 years
One of the best actors around. and he looks quite hot in these GQ pics, first Shia a month ago, now Christian - GQ have great taste in coverboys these days.
SShorty06111 SShorty06111 9 years
loved him since the newsies....such a good movie...he sings in it
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
I love Christian Bale! He is all sorts of amazing!
daniellexo daniellexo 9 years
umm..what. is his wife a porn star or something?
reesiecup reesiecup 9 years
hello, batman!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
So sexy and smart! Love him!
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
he is DREAMY
hills hills 9 years
i really like christian, he's very down to earth and a proper mans man, unlike tons of celebs these days. i like that he is private as well. most people lv to spew about themselves in his world and he's just not botherd, it makes him mysterious.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
acyl acyl 9 years
Geez what more can I add? Sexy, Smart, Cute and funny and talented! I'm so glad he's finally getting the recognition he deserves!
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
lenepocket lenepocket 9 years
hot hot hot
amandahugginkiss amandahugginkiss 9 years
he's perfection: hot, talented, smart, sexy, funny. AND he doesn't whore out his family, especially his daughter, to the tabloids. now, i need to wipe the drool off of my keyboard...
kamu76 kamu76 9 years
*Drooling* What a gorgeous man...
MandeeLei MandeeLei 9 years
I love this man. :]
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
one of my favourite actors, ever. He was chillingly, believably brilliant in "American Psycho" and I have adored his work ever since.
bluesuze bluesuze 9 years
Humminah Humminah :drool: *drools*
Cassie Cassie 9 years
I fell madly in love with him when Newsies came out. Probably the only man I'd leave my husband for. :)
luckyme luckyme 9 years
Goosebumps hot. And my husband doesn't even care that I have a mad crush on him because he's Batman! Love it! And the Viggo story is priceless. That would give whole new meaning to "When in Rome..." for me. ;)
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
Such a cutie!!
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
Gawd Dayummm if i was there in rome to spot Christian and Viggo. In Rome. Being Hott? I'd probably pee my pants!
stefystef stefystef 9 years
Now that's a MAN, baby!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
Be still my beating heart. So damn sexy. I ♥ this man
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Man he's so sexy. And Christian and Viggo in close proximity? I can't believe the Earth didn't explode from all of that sexiness in one place.
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
Oh Lord. I'm at work right now, someone should give me warning when this man is going to appear! I'm swooning!
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