Actor Christian Bale, who recently visited India to promote his upcoming Netflix film Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and shared the stage with eminent Bollywood celebs like Kareena Kapoor, Anil Kapoor etc.
Christian is playing the character of Bagheera in the Netflix film. He was asked questions about his method acting approach, to which he replied: “People seem to think I’m a method actor. But I’m not one. I have not trained at all. Method acting requires training in the Stanislavski method (created by the Russian theatre artist Konstantin Stanislavski). I’ve never read a book on that. I’ve never studied anything around that for a second. I make it all up as I go along. It’s the uneducated method which is my method. A lot of it is trial and error.”
Christian also commented on Mowgli being a dark film, he said: “I disagree that this is not a happy film. There’s a lot of joy in this film; there’s joy in the fact that Mowgli is riding on the back of a panther (Bagheera) and running with the wolves and is howling at the moon — I guess everyone’s fantasy.”
He also tackled the frequently asked question of comparison between the last Jungle Book films and this Netflix film, he commented: “There are deeper themes in the film. There are consequences that are akin to Kipling’s original writings. In my mind, there’s no competition with the other interpretations. I absolutely love the animation films and the recently released live-action film. I love Bare Necessities (the song in the 1967 animated Jungle Book) and Baloo. That’s the beauty of Jungle Book — you can have so many vast interpretations.”
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