To be fair, Bale is a star in his own right, acting in a number of movies from The Dark Knight and The Big Short to The Machinist and American Hustle. Not to mention, he’s been nominated for an Oscar four times, taking home the gold for his supporting role in The Fighter in 2011. And last year, he filmed three different movies: The Pale Blue, Amsterdam and Thor: Love and Thunder.
Bale told GQ he has “zero strategy” for his success, adding he “never considered myself a leading man.” The reason?
“It’s just boring,” he said. “You don’t get the good parts. Even if I play a lead, I pretend I’m playing like, you know, the fourth, fifth character down, because you get more freedom. I also don’t really think about the overall effect that [a character’s] going to have. It’s for me to play around, much like animals and children do. Have tunnel vision about what you’re doing, not think about the effect you’re having.”