You wouldn’t think Batman needed a bodyguard. But when Christian Bale joined Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers Of War, the producers insisted he had one. ‘He was always dressed in black, 6ft 4, with wraparound shades and knuckledusters on his hand, with a big badge saying “bodyguard”,’ explains Bale. ‘I’d say: “Could you go a bit more incognito?” Which, for him, was taking off the knuckledusters.’
We’re sitting in a Berlin hotel. Dressed in jeans and a navy jumper, Bale, seems to be reveling in dismantling his reputation for taking himself too seriously. ‘There was one time I was walking down the street in Nanking, and there was a man walking a bit more slowly in front of us, and he [Bale’s bodyguard] touched the guy on the shoulder, picked him up, moved him to the side, and then presents the street to me. I was like: “No, you can’t do this.” I’m not a political head of state. Nobody knows who the hell I am.’

You wouldn’t think Batman needed a bodyguard. But when Christian Bale joined Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers Of War, the producers insisted he had one. ‘He was always dressed in black, 6ft 4, with wraparound shades and knuckledusters on his hand, with a big badge saying “bodyguard”,’ explains Bale. ‘I’d say: “Could you go a bit more incognito?” Which, for him, was taking off the knuckledusters.’

We’re sitting in a Berlin hotel. Dressed in jeans and a navy jumper, Bale, seems to be reveling in dismantling his reputation for taking himself too seriously. ‘There was one time I was walking down the street in Nanking, and there was a man walking a bit more slowly in front of us, and he [Bale’s bodyguard] touched the guy on the shoulder, picked him up, moved him to the side, and then presents the street to me. I was like: “No, you can’t do this.” I’m not a political head of state. Nobody knows who the hell I am.’

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