Watch: Christian Bale discusses his collaboration with director Scott Cooper
Christian Bale has admitted that he is not a workaholic and does not always feel like working. She is reteaming with director Scott Cooper for the third time on gothic mystery The Pale Blue Eye after working with him on 2013’s crime drama Out of the Furnace and 2017’s Western Hostiles.
In the Netflix thriller – streaming January 6 – Bale plays veteran detective Augustus Landor who is summoned to a military academy in 1830 to investigate a murder where he meets a young Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling).
But despite the closeness of their creative relationship, Bale said he doesn’t immediately say yes to every script Cooper sends him.
“He’s a cheetah and I’m a sloth. He wants to work a lot more than I do,” the 48-year-old actor tells Yahoo.
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He added: “Sometimes he really tries to poke me and I’m like, ‘I just don’t want to do anything.’
“But we have a lot of projects that we’ve talked about and we have at least a few that we plan to do in the future.”
“When you work with people [often]it just turns out that you two have an understanding,” adds Bale, discussing his collaboration with Cooper.
He added, “Obviously, as a director, if you find someone who seems to have your vision and achieves what you were hoping to achieve, it seems to come back.
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“I am very grateful for that and I really enjoy working with Scott. I love his ideas.
“We’ve got some pretty good shorthand between us at the moment, and I like being his right-hand man, trying to bring his vision to life no matter what movie we’re making.”
Pale Blue Eye is an adaptation of Louis Bayard’s 2003 crime novel and takes viewers straight into the heart of a cold winter at a secluded New York military academy.
Melling said it was “amazing” to be surrounded by this environment as he took on the role of Poe and found the tone of the goth story.
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He said: “Just in terms of the landscape and how it looks, I feel it, I think Masa [Masanobu Takayanagi]DOP, did an amazing job in terms of style and design.
“To have that landscape and then run a really tense thriller that cuts through it is really exciting.
“I’ve always liked twists and turns, so it’s very exciting to present our unique version with these great characters.”
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Bale and Melling are surrounded by an all-star cast of talent including Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Toby Jones, Timothy Spall and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
The Pale Blue Eye can be streamed on Netflix UK from January 6.
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