Christian Bale is charting a new career path: producer.
After receiving the first such credit in the fall, on David O. Russell’s Amsterdamhe grabbed another one in his new movie, Light blue eyes. But Bale is not one to sneak credit into his contract as some frivolous gift.
“Like everyone, sometimes I get blown away by how many producers you see in the credits,” Bale explained to CHEAP at the recent premiere of the Netflix series he produced for filmmaker and frequent collaborator Scott Cooper.
“I did it on Amsterdam and with this because I’ve been there since inception. I helped put films together, and mostly as a creative producer, right-hand man, consignor type,” continued Bale. “I could be there whispering in their ear, reminding them of how we put it together, what the purpose is, etc. I wouldn’t do it if it didn’t fit and I didn’t get to work. .”
Cooper says that while this is the duo’s first time producing together — and their third collaboration as actors and directors, after Out of the oven and hostile – it’s an easy extension of their close partnership.
“Christian reads all my scripts whether he’s in them or not; he watches all of my videos whether he’s in or not; so he acts as a producer whether he’s in the movie or not,” Cooper explained. “It was really a great experience to have him also produce this film. Anytime you can make movies with your close friends makes things richer,” adding that the two have “a great shorthand.”
Light blue eyes follows veteran detective Augustus Landor (Bale) in 1830s New York, investigating a series of grisly murders at the United States Military Academy with the help of Edgar Allan Poe, a young military cadet at that time. The film hits theaters on December 23 and begins streaming Friday on Netflix.
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