While on the rounds promoting one huge franchise, Christian Bale took time to answer questions about a potential new one.
CS: What attracted you to another big franchise like “Terminator?”
Christian Bale: Well, initially, actually, that was NOT an attraction. I felt that I wasn’t sure where it could go to. Before I gave an answer, I went back and reviewed the other movies. I felt like “Okay, unlike ‘Batman Begins,’ this would be something where we would be respecting the previous mythology.” Certainly of one and two, not so much number three – but certainly you would be recognizing that mythology, unlike “Batman Begins” where we were saying that this is the beginning, right here. But what I view in it, and what has ultimately made me make the choice to make it, is that I see the same potential for reinvention and for breathing new life into the mythology. That’s what I view our responsibility as filmmakers to be. It’s pointless if we don’t succeed in doing that.
CS: How is filming going?
Bale: Good, good. They’re a number of weeks in. I’m just a week and a half in… It’s going well. It’s a tall order, it really is, and I recognize that and we have a lot of work to do, and I’ve just begun on it, because I only just finished working on “Public Enemies” a couple of weeks back.
Public Enemies also stars Johnny Depp and Channing Tatum, and evolves around 1930’s American gangsters. This contrasts with Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins which is set a few decades in the future. We cant have Bale having too many roles in the same century can we? We don’t want him typecast!