Christian Bale is starring in a new western called Hostiles which is set in post-Civil War frontier America. His character, an Army Captain, must transport a Cheyenne chief and tribe back to Montana and provide them safe passage from attacks by the white man. Bale thinks the plot is very “relevant” to what’s going on in the United States.
It’s important to keep in mind that the film starts off, according to IMDB reviews of the upcoming film, with the slaughter of nearly an entire white family, including children, by Indians. Those responsible for the murders are who Bale’s character must escort across the West.
But Bale’s character is conflicted because of the genocide of Indians in U.S. history. The films tagline captures that tension: “We are all Hostiles.” Get it?
While promoting the film on CBS This Morning, Bale said his character was a “bigoted and hate-filled man.” Co-host Gayle King pointed out that the Indian chief was also filled with hate. Bale paused:
“Well, there’s the big difference… [Bale’s character’s] job is to — well, it’s genocide. His job is genocide, and he knows that. He’s an intelligent man. This isn't your mom and pops cowboy hat with black hat and white hat, good cowboy, bad Indian. It's not that at all. It’s a whole different era. It's recognizing the genocide.”
Bale, in his British accent, added that the story line in the film is “surprisingly, sadly relevant” to life in America today. He points to “some of Americans’ ease and comfort now expressing hatred to those who are different from them.”
King asked for clarification. Bale answered:
“Well, in terms of that, in terms of in every way not respecting the other, not respecting people who are different from yourself. And in terms of — in terms of, you know, it's well past time that in politics and in Hollywood the white men run everything. You know, we need so much more diversity. We're going to get so much of a richer culture because of it.”
Bale goes on to admit that this wasn’t at all what they were thinking when filming the movie, as it was in the can before Trump won the White House. But suddenly…
“We didn't intend that when we were making film, but we've seen these changes, these shifts in America since we shot it, and so it's become much more relevant.”
Not so much relevant as it is convenient, eh, Batman?
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