Mali Britanac koji je obećavao

Piše: Sven Mikulec

Christian Bale danas je jedan od najtraženijih svjetskih glumaca. Od blistavog debija u Spielbergovom Carstvu Sunca 1987. godine, danas 39-godišnji engleski glumac u karijeri je zaredao zbilja impresivan broj pamtljivih uloga. O suradnjama s Chrisom Nolanom ne treba previše trošiti tinte (Prestiž, Batman trilogija) – dovoljno je sjetiti se NestajanjaBoksačaBijega u zoru, kao i mog osobnog favorita, Američkog psiha. Sada kad je na vrhuncu slave, 26 godina nakon što se u japanskom WW2 logoru družio s Johnom Malkovichem, zanimljivo je vidjeti što mali Bale ima za reći. U svom “prvom intervjuu ikad”, porazgovarao je s Geneom Shalitom godinu dana prije nego što sam ja uopće rođen i svijetu otkrio, između ostaloga, kako je dobio ulogu i zašto mu je Kina brzo dosadila.

Onoga tko Carstvo Sunca šmeka koliko i ja možda će zanimati i PDF primjerak scenarija iz pera Toma Stopparda (Brazil, Ana Karenjina, Zaljubljeni Shakespeare).

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J. G. Ballard, prema čijim je iskustvima i romanu snimljen film, o filmu je imao prilično pozitivno mišljenje, ali je u jednom tekstu otkrio kako se osjećao dok je gledao kako mu Hollywood “otima uspomene iz djetinjstva”.

Surprisingly, it was the film premiere in Hollywood, the fount of most of our planet’s fantasies, that brought everything down to earth. A wonderful night for any novelist, and a reminder of the limits of the printed word. Sitting with the sober British contingent, surrounded by everyone from Dolly Parton to Sean Connery, I thought Spielberg’s film would be drowned by the shimmer of mink and the diamond glitter. But once the curtains parted the audience was gripped. Chevy Chase, sitting next to me, seemed to think he was watching a newsreel, crying: “Oh, oh…!” and leaping out of his seat as if ready to rush the screen in defence of young Bale.

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I was deeply moved by the film but, like every novelist, couldn’t help feeling that my memories had been hijacked by someone else’s. As the battle of Britain fighter ace Douglas Bader said when introduced to the cast of Reach for the Sky: “But they’re actors.” Actors of another kind play out our memories, performing on a stage inside our heads whenever we think of childhood, our first day at school, courtship and marriage. The longer we live — and it’s now 60 years since I reluctantly walked out of Lunghua camp — the more our repertory company emerges from the shadows and moves to the front of the stage. Spielberg’s film seems more truthful as the years pass. Christian Bale and John Malkovich join hands by the footlights with my real parents and my younger self, with the Japanese soldiers and American pilots, as a boy runs forever across a peaceful lawn towards the coming war. But perhaps, in the end, it’s all only a movie. (pročitaj ostatak intervjua)

Za one koji su, pak, gledajući intervju Balea kao klinca pomislili “kako dražestan dječak”, evo jednog dražesnog videa da vas malo otrijezni.

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  • Vanja says:

    Na stranu krasan (i poučan) tekst (malo sam sada – ne, puno sam nostalgična), ne dirajte mi Empire of the Sun, ni knjigu ni film, uz to sam odrasla 😀

    Sven, hvala ti za ovo!

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