The Film Blog
We were going to call this this section the 'flog' (see what we did there), but thought we might bring in the wrong crowd. This is where the house reviewers regularly post to their random thoughts vaguely on the subject of film.
There's no such thing as bad publicity muz
Last updated on 26th July, 2008 So Christian Bale, the Dark Knight of the film’s title has asked for privacy after being questioned over allegations that he assaulted his mother and sister in a London hotel last week. This privacy was asked for at a press conference which was supposedly to launch the movie, but seems to be the only part of that press conference being reported in the press.
Isn’t it peculiar that these days there always seems to be a “news story” accompanying the launch of a major new movie? With Bale this time it’s allegations of violence. With Cruise it might be the launch of a new wife/baby/religion (take your pick). I can’t help but be suspicious that movie makers and press collude in order to create these stories. I’m probably being cynical: one can’t imagine it’s in Bale’s interest to agree to participate in such a story since it’s hardly going to do him any favours. Unless of course he’s about to take the lead role in another remake of Hitchcock’s Psycho (as opposed to the American one, which of course he’s already done), in which case a spot of domestic assault may be good method acting practice for the matricidal Norman Bates.
One UK news agency reported of the Bale incident that “it is claimed the alleged incident took place in his suite at the Dorchester Hotel on Sunday evening”. Claimed and alleged? That’s two participles which cast doubt upon the veracity of the story in one sentence. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
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