Shaggy Christian Bale Covers December Esquire

We all know that Christian Bale has a bit of a temper on him. So it’s not surprising that interviewing The Fighter actor is sometimes like…well, a fight. A more scruffy and shaggy version of Bale covers the December issue of Esquire magazine, where he talks about (or doesn’t talk about) his family, the craft of movie-making and his love of Chris Farley. Check out his quotes after the jump!

On not wanting to talk about his family or personal life:

“Look, I’ve got incredible pride for my family. I’ve absolutely fallen into that cliché of a dad who could just happily talk about my daughter endlessly. But it’s not what I’m about in terms of being an actor. I don’t want people to know about that…I don’t want people to know me….Because that buggers up my job. Because if you know something about somebody, it gets in the way of just watching the guy as the character.”

On an actor he admires:

Chris Farley was just phenomenal. Beverly Hills Ninja will always remain one of my tops. I have watched that movie. One time I sat down and watched it two nights in a row, and cried with laughter both times. The guy just was a phenomenon, and is missed dearly in my household.”

On what he would’ve done if he weren’t an actor:

“I think I probably would have tried to experience my own stories in the way my father did — the sort of travel, the randomness of life, educating himself through experiences. I think I get that partially through acting, but you have to make an effort to be in an unprotected environment because everyone thinks you’re a completely incapable idiot who couldn’t possibly brush his teeth without an assistant. You have to make an effort in order to be able to actually experience the country that you’re in.”

I think part of the reason I enjoy him so much is because he is such a bitch. Also, because he has very little top lip.