Christian Bale explains long hair: I'm unemployed
January 19th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Christian Bale explains long hair: I'm unemployed

A Bruce Wayne with a beard and bouncy hair?

That's what Batman fans might have been wondering when Christian Bale appeared at the January 16 Golden Globes ceremony.

But 36-year-old Bale says his slightly unkempt style isn't for his upcoming role in "The Dark Knight Rises" โ€” it's just because he's lazy.

"This is unemployment, this is all this is," he told "Access Hollywood." "I havenโ€™t worked since 'The Fighter,' and it's nice to just not bother cutting your hair. When you're [not] in a job that everything always has to be, you know, worked out for a character, I just sort of let it all hang out, but it's unemployment, that's all it is."

Still, it won't be long before the chameleon-like Golden Globe winner gets groomed again.

"In a couple of weeks Iโ€™m starting a movie in China with Zhang Yimou, a wonderful, fantastic Chinese director," he said. "I'll be doing โ€˜13 Women [of Nanjing]' before I start on 'The Dark Knight Rises.'"

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  1. Bacchus

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

    March 2, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. sam

    Christian bale has great hair, longer is much more flattering than the militaristic buzz cuts. But the lighter red facial hair – trademark sign of British Isles – is gross, and should go. He's got a somewhat strange mouth, and its much more interesting and effective to see, when he is acting at least.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Remove it

    Please, Christian, get the mole removed.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. beenz

    Gee, he's unemployed? Why? He's so personable and easy to work with..

    January 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ameripsychofan

      ...personable and easy to work with..".
      Good one, beenz, THAT was funny!!

      January 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Derrek Mochar


    January 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dustin

    Bale already played Jesus btw look it up.

    January 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shawn

    Wonder if he's getting unemployment, under the current system millionaires can get the same benefits someone that's broke can get.

    January 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. whattaguy

    Did he say he's gonna do 13 women before his haircut? He can get more women than that..I'm sure

    January 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. YIKES

    what's up with that nose?!

    January 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeanne

    I thought he looked totally HOT at the Golden Globes!!!

    January 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dale

    With all due respect to Mr. Bale, I am sure there are people unemployed far longer then them who would love a sliver of his pay for doing the movie. Seems like a very indulgent statement.

    January 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • gerard

      I didn't get that from his comment, it just sounded to me as if he wanted to take a break from having to keep in character. Nothing different than when I don't shave when I'm on vacation for a week. And at least the hair looked clean and styled and the beard nicely trimmed, umkempt beards and hair look awful.
      And don't even get me started on Annette Bening's bed hair, LOL...

      January 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nokoolaidcowboy

    Wait, he ended by saying that he's going to be "doing" 13 women? Freak'in show off!

    January 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. canuck

    he looks like Jebus!! yes i wrote Jebus

    January 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jon

    I just don't understand all the hoopla over Christian Bales. I think he's a d*m jerk.

    January 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mad hater

    Is Depp playing the Riddler?

    January 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. haterd

    Bale and Depp are pimps

    January 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Valerie

    .....who gives a crap. This guy is an azzhole. Lest we forget that little diatribe he spouted to that stagehand two years ago....what a self absorded azzclown.............

    January 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      Gee lil Miss Hypocrite weighs in – being an azzhole with a tirade of her own....

      January 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  18. C00ter's N00nie

    Lets talk about those H0's on Jersey Shore!!! Who did Snooki bang? The important stuff in life....I dont care the Christian Bale has pretty hair...hope he has no split ends...still a crappy actor!!

    January 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tracy Hayes

    He looked gorgeous!! Very do-able..... ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  20. mike hunt

    this guy is a great actor. but really, does anyone care about his hair?

    January 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Erik

    Who cares? It's just hair.

    January 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. sph

    He looks like Jesus? well, he is Christian.... lol...

    January 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jimmy

    The world is mostly a mess and we are here discussing christian bale's hair..pretty sad....
    .now, what's snokie been up too??

    January 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah right

      Yes because its ok to occasionally have a conversation about something that doesnt revolve around the "mess" the world is in.

      January 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  24. C00ter's N00nie

    I think he is on drugs..or a cross dresser..he looks like Jesus..err i mean charlie manson..err or that branch davidian guy that burnedbto the ground...maybe he is the saviour who has finally come to save us from our sins....hahahahaha

    January 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  25. SoDakSarah

    he looks creepy...

    January 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Chuleta

    Is there no spell check on this blog? before u start to comment on someone's looks, maybe you need to learn how to spell!! by the way, i think bale is a self-absorbed tool, but he's a good actor.

    January 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • nelly

      hee hee – Since when does 'u' qualify as the correct spelling of 'you' and your capitalization skills stink!

      Down with everything.

      January 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  27. bone

    Id like to do 13 women of nanjing

    January 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. barb

    So glad that Christian Bale finally got a role that is bringing recognition to his terrific (as well his chamelon) acting.

    January 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Yeah right

    Typical. He's cool and hot and just enjoying unemployment...if a Halle Berry showed up with out make up and bad hair it wouldnt be tolerated. He looks like he hasnt showered in days and man its a red carpet event you cant use a razor???

    January 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Hmm ...yeah what woman would get away with just letting herself go? Still, it does work for him!

      January 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  30. me

    first, there is nothing wrong with johnny depp's look. second,people can look how they want. Doubt your opinion matters to them.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Adagio4jt

    let's not upset him bout dat hair either. He beats ppl up.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. J.Hamm

    Let's not turn this into a hairy situation, folks. Move along.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. michaelwackson

    I would so make out with him...and I'm a dude..ok, a transgender gay pedophile. But that's just me.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Biebers Pube

    It looks like someone laid a steamer on his head...

    January 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  35. jacob

    oh my god hes Jesus

    January 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Anthony

    Depp is an embarrassmenroti the human race for long hair and poor attire? What does that make Jesus? How about u not criticize people for something that doesn't concern you?

    January 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merin

      You know, we don't actually know what Jesus looked like...just how he's been represented in art since the middle ages.

      January 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • e-lit-r-ate

      "How about u not criticize people for something that doesn't concern you?"
      ROFL... and yet you criticize?
      someone should take their own advice.

      January 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I like it when people complain about people who I'm not complaining!!

      January 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  37. adriana

    He looks great with long hair, I think he can pretty much do anything and still look awesome.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  38. bennett

    at least he looks a lot better that johnny depp. he was an embarrasement to the human race dresssed like he was
    at the golden awards. you would think he would do something with that hair and face he lools like bumb.he is
    so overrated paid and everything else. he should have tool off with jolee when they were shooting that weird
    movie. she good at wrecking homes, maybe he was to ugly, but she did take brad had.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Klingong

      This is the most incoherent blob of a mess I have ever read.

      January 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philipi

      Ha this mess of a blog is amusing to say the least. This is better than the article!

      January 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      I to was learned in emerica.

      January 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • smd

      Sounds like someone is jelouse!

      January 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy Hayes

      Did a small, uneducated child write this post? Wow, scary that there are people like this out in the world.

      January 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • youcantbeserious

      Bennet is hooked on something, and it isn't phonics.

      January 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      First, learn how to talk/type. Half of what you said didn't make sense. I looked up Johnny on the night of the Globes. He looks just fine. He looks like he always does. The man is a chameleon! Chameleon's make wonderful actors. You're just jealous. On a side note....Christian could play Jesus lookin' like that!

      January 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • dnote

      You all do realize that people post like this idiot just to make people start talking about them rather than the article. Honestly, someone this uneducated could not even read this article. It's a gimmick. There is no way someone could possibly be as stupid as Bennett and actually post anything at all.

      January 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  39. flyonthewal

    Hey he looks better than Tom Brady!

    January 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Victor

    It's a good look for him.

    Makes him look really relaxed and comfortable.

    January 19, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Ruf

      The Fighter bombed at the box office making only 67 mil.
      In comparison Little Fockers has already made 130 mil
      I think people are still disgusted over Bale assaulting his mom and other improper behavior.

      January 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      Glad we have an expert in the movie business here to help explain to us how an R-rated drama about boxing and a PG-13 family comedy can totally be compared like they're the same thing. Good job not bothering with logic.

      I'd love to hear how a movie that cost $25 million to make and has grossed almost $60 million is a flop. I didn't major in math, but I'd make that investment any day of the week.

      January 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • He would

      Look so much better if he would get rid of that damn mole on his nose, right on the side by his eye. It's sooooo distracting and unattractive:/ Especially when they do close ups on him during a movie.

      January 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • darkknightfan

      The hair does look kinda cool, he oughta pull and tie it back, sumurai style, it could really work for him.
      I'm just envious that I can't do that with (what's left of) mine anymore.... ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |

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