“The Pale Blue Eye”: when Christian Bale teams up with Edgar Allan Poe on Netflix

None of the films with the ex-Batman leaves indifferent. This is again the case with “The Pale Blue Eye”, which arrives on January 6 on Netflix. We met the English comedian in Los Angeles.



No more need for proof: Christian Bale, who will celebrate his 49th birthday on January 30, is an actor apart. He’s been an enigmatic, dark Batman in three Christopher Nolan films, and has mostly played characters who he says bring something different. “He likes to make films that divide, disturb and challenge him,” director Scott Cooper told us alongside him. Which directed him in “The Infernos of Wrath” (2014), “Hostiles” (2017) and “The Pale Blue Eye”, a historical-supernatural thriller which arrives this Friday on Netflix.

This is an adaptation of a 2003 novel by Louis Bayard, set in 1830 at West Point Military School, where murders were committed. Investigator “Gus” Landor (Bale) begins to investigate, assisted by future writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe, then an academy student – ​​the only truthful element of the story. “But that sounds completely ridiculous and improbable, doesn’t it?” smiled Christian.


An angry actor

The actor went on to be vocal about the film, which was shot in freezing cold Pennsylvania. “In general, I try to avoid working, but when a project is good, I give it my all! “That’s why he makes few films, adds Scott, who confirms the actor’s complete investment: “He’s there first and never goes to his trailer. “An implication which, in 2009, on the set of “Terminator”, had turned black when he had entered a Homeric rage, yelling and insulting for long minutes the director of photography Shane Hurlbut, who had put himself in his field of view while recording a scene. “Do you want me to screw up your lights like you screw up my job?” he had shouted at her. Afterwards, he apologized and had to do some work on himself, because he is the most gentle and available of the men who spoke to us.

We also found him extremely humble, whom all his partners revere. “It surprises me, because I never studied drama. With each film, I say to myself: Oh my God, what did I do? Everyone will realize that I suck… But it’s precisely because I don’t have any technique that I continue. I do what I feel I have to do. »


In bed with Charlotte Gainsbourg

“The Pale Blue Eye”, which we will call a gothic film turning to horror (but without the trowel), does not rest only on Christian Bale. In the role of Edgar Allan Poe, we find Harry Melling, 33, whom we had discovered in Dudley Dursley, the cousin of Harry Potter in the saga of the little wizard, and who recently played in the series “The game of Lady” (Netflix). Here he is in love with Lea, the character of Lucy Boynton, revealed by “Miss Potter” (2006), with Renée Zellweger, and girlfriend of Rami Malek in the city. In the role of Lea’s mother, Gillian Anderson remains close to Margaret Thatcher (who sticks to her skin) and… Charlotte Gainsbourg is a waitress and the mistress of Gus. In a sequence, she is therefore in bed with Christian Bale!

“The Pale Blue Eye”, available on Netflix.








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“The Pale Blue Eye”: when Christian Bale teams up with Edgar Allan Poe on Netflix