In an interview with Shock Till You Drop Brad Anderson, director of The Machinist, broke the news that he will be working on an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel “Concrete Island” – a book Cole recently dreamcast and wrote about for Print to Projector. Fans of The Machinist should take special note of this because not only will he be re-teaming with the writer of that film, Scott Kosar, to get together the script, but he also says that he will once again be looking to Christian Bale for a star.
Anderson describes the upcoming film as “ … like an urban Robinson Crusoe story. A guy crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in this weedy lot, injured, and can’t escape, and he’s basically trying to survive in the middle of the big urban metropolis.” In regards to Bale, Anderson said, “Christian’s on board to do that, when we can fit it into his schedule of course.” We all know what Bale’s upcoming schedule looks like, so it may be a while, but it looks like this is going to happen.
My question is why Bale would want to sign on to another film that is going to require a physical transformation. I mean, when is enough going to be enough? The Machinist, Rescue Dawn, The Fighter, they all required Bale to lose a really unhealthy amount of weight. Am I missing any or was that it? Sure performances like this naturally garner a lot of attention and acclaim, but to go for it so many times seems dangerous. How much more of this has to go on before we start adding Bale to our dead pools? Are little golden statues and a bunch of pats on the back really worth repeatedly risking your health? I think he should take a couple years and look for some more roles where his character works out regularly and eats right. Just a suggestion.