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December 7, 2014 5:44 pm

Christian Bale Says He Asked to be Called ‘Moishe’ During Filming of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ (VIDEO)

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Christian Bale as Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings. Photo: Screenshot.

Actor Christian Bale, who plays the role of Moses in the upcoming big screen retelling of the biblical story of the Hebrew exodus from Egyptian slavery, said, during a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, that he wanted to be called “Moishe” during the filming to help the portrayal feel more authentic.

“Well, first off, I kind of said, ‘Look, can we say Moishe as much as possible?’ Because you say Moses and you go, ‘Oh my God, how can I do that?’ You say Moishe, and I can come at him from a human perspective,” he said, when asked about how he “immersed” himself in the character, as he is known to do.

The interviewer also pointed out that both of Bale’s latest roles have been Jewish characters.

“You seem to be going through a Jewish phase in your career,” The WSJ’s Andrew Goldman said. “First you played Irv Rosenfeld in American Hustle, now Moses.”

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Bale responded: “That was David [O. Russell]’s comment to me. He said to me, ‘Hey, so you’re going from playing a Jew to the Jew.'”

Exodus: Gods and Kings opens nationwide on December 12th. Watch the film’s latest trailer below:

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  • victoria brandeis

    I THINK IT IS FUNNY EVEN BRINGING THIS BACK TO SCREEN UNLESS THERE IS A HIDDEN AGENDA….CB CAN BE CALLED WHATEVER HE WANTS….ITS ON SCREEN….BUT IN LIFE HE REMAINS A SIMPLE FOOL AND HOLLYWOOD PUPPET……AS LONG AS CB IS NOT A FUTURE EXAMPLE OF ‘SUPERMAN’……

    HOLD THAT KRYPTONITE CHRISTIAN….THIS LOVELY JEWISH WOMAN WILL NOT WATCH A GOYISHA FILM WITH A HIDDEN AGENDA…OBAMA WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER ACT…..FULL SCALE LAUGHTER…….

  • Delilah

    As much as it might seem as this is a complement to Jews Christian Bale who I absolutely adore as an actor is very much a method actor if you saw the mechanic now I think it was the mechanic it might’ve been the machinist but in any case he lost a lot of weight for that he puts on weight for the roles as needed. he really delves into the parts so this name-calling might sound complementary and one may take it as such but it really is just his approach to acting!!

  • steven L

    The more remarkable the story of the Jews the more people want to eliminate them from the face of Earth.
    Irrational to madness.

  • rachel robinson

    what an asss!!

  • NYC Girl

    Actually, his name would be Moshe in Hebrew, not Moishe, which is Yiddish…..and, anyway, there’s no “oi” sound in Hebrew.

  • Julian Clovelley

    I am reminded of the time I went to see “The Ten Commandments” in a London suburban cinema close to a traditionally Jewish area. It was many years after its original release, which my dear old dad had taken me to.

    It had mostly worn pretty well as a film, although the dyeing of Charleton Heston’s hair, and the use of hair gel, as he led the people out of Egypt seemed a little strange so many years later, as did the miraculous engraving of the stone tablets.

    As the Israelite column passed between the monuments of the Egyptian city, led by Moses, a loud voice came from the cheap seats in the cinema gallery, using the catch phrase of a favourite TV compere:

    ‘Didn’t he do well!”

    The audience practically collapsed into fits of laughter.

    I look forward to the new epic film of this great story, and promise to bite my tongue at the relevant part, and to try not to giggle.

    But why should I be the only one to suffer …?

    • Jack

      Merci!

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