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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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