After an election like no other, many celebrities around the world with a strong social media presence have been either outspoken or eerily silent about their thoughts when it comes to politics.
Christian Bale might not do it for the ‘gram, but he did open up a bit with The Daily Beast while promoting his upcoming film The Promise—and the conversation revealed a bit about the Oscar winning actor’s political thoughts in today’s climate.
The controversial film finds the English actor playing a journalist in the Ottoman empire (now Turkey) during the country’s 1915 mass killings of millions of Armenians. In the interview, he discusses the "post-truth era" he says we’re currently living in, in regards to people constantly questioning facts and the importance of a free press.
"Well, [the U.S. presidential election] was happening as we were filming," Bale told The Daily Beast. "We shot this towards the end of 2015, so that was happening and then becoming more and more relevant," he explained.
When the topic of the disappearance of free press under dictators came up, Bale had a succinct response that managed to throw shade at President Donald Trump: "It’s like we’re watching somebody reading a Dictatorship for Dummies book," he said.
"I remember prior to the election I thought it was batshit crazy that people would talk about how there’ll be ‘a revolution in appreciation of what we have and not taking it for granted,’ and you think no way in hell," he explained.
"But we’re here, and you think, well OK, that’s your best bet, isn’t it? So the hope is that journalism becomes more exceptional than it has been in decades, and that we start to recognize and treasure it—to treasure so many different things," Bale said.
Bale discusses other topics, including his portrayal of former vice president Dick Cheney in an upcoming film with The Big Short director Adam McKay and how he hopes audiences leave both politically charged films ready for "conversation, education, and hopefully compassion…"