Sunday, July 11, 2010
#709. Christian Bale's Movie Roles
Movies. Film. No medium has the ability to shape people's perceptions more than Hollywood's finished products. This is why vigilante films are so rare, and why they rarely receive publicity when they do come out.
Black people love movies, though some films they find more tolerable than others.
Black people find films where they don't save the world uninspiring and the lack of roles for Black actresses to be a depressing reminder of lingering prejudices among the casting agents of Hollywood.
Yet, it is through film that we have some of the most beloved and revered Black figures to cherish (fictional they maybe), so Hollywood has enabled some enduring myths to perpetuate that can't be entirely disqualified from celebrating.
However, a disturbing trend has become apparent in one actor's roles that warrants discussion here at SBPDL. Unlike Thomas Jane who is forced to wallow in relative obscurity, this actor has been the leading man in many of the top films of the 21st century.
It is obvious someone else noticed the pattern of Bale's movie choices, for leaked audio of him berating a stage hand for lacking courtesy on the set of Terminator Salvation was paramount in derailing much of his momentum (some might say it was 2009's equivalent of "pulling a Gibson").
Bale has played Patrick Bateman, a sociopath who worked on Wall Street in mergers and acquisition in the popular film American Psycho, where he killed a homeless Black bum for daring to offend his olfactory system.
Bale has played a pretty boy killer in Shaft, where he stole the show from Samuel L. Jackson's eponymous character.
Bale has played John Preston in Equilibrium, a film that saw him single-handily bring down an entire civilization, and he was cast as John Conner in the fourth incarnation of the Terminator franchise, where he is responsible for the future of mankind (both white-guy-saving-the-world movies).
He also saved the world in the dystopian film Reign of Fire.
And of course, Christian Bale has played the ultimate Alpha Male Bruce Wayne in two tremendously well-received films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
Hollywood made a mistake in creating a juggernaut in Christian Bale and attempts were made to tear him down last year with the release of the audio of his ill-mannered rant.
Christian Bale was treading on Will Smith's cape as the current star of Hollywood and this was unacceptable. His role of Patrick Bateman has become iconic for all the wrong reasons, and his role in Shaft provides the only memorable moments.
A defeated people can have no heroes, and in Black Run America those who are anointed can't have undue competition.
Stuff Black People Don't Like includes Christian Bale's movie roles, for the day a Black person portraying Bruce Wayne is but around the corner. Bale has played iconic roles that resonate with a certain segment of America that must continually worship only pre-selected individuals who promote acceptable virtues. For this, he must be castigated and relegated to movies few eyes will ever see.
An actor possessing singular focus, Bale is an enigma in modern society and thus, why he is part of SBDPL. He plays both heroes and anti-heroes, roles that must be purged from white actors henceforth.