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In that Brave New World action adventure, he stars with Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Sean Bean and Angus MacFadyen. Bale really is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet in the film industry and he told me the main reason he took on the Big Brother action adventure was to learn all about making a special effects driven movie. Why? Because hes just about to start filming the futuristic sword and sorcery blockbuster Reign of Fire for X-Files director Rob Bowman in Dublin.
As reported here before, the Mad Max-style tale is set in England and revolves around a brood of fire-breathing dragons that emerge from a subterranean world to dominate the planet. Bale plays the hero who wants revenge on the creatures for killing his mother. He teams up with American slayer Matthew McConaughey to destroy the queen dragon. Bale said, Im the one who tries to keep everyone alive while hunter Matthew attempts to kill the bastards. Its a great script full of exciting stunts and loads of special effects. But dont call them dragons in Bales presence. He remarked, They are fire-breathing reptiles. We are under strict instruction by the director not to mention the D word because they dont have any real connection to the mythical creatures of old..."
So is that because dragonish films like Dragonslayer and Dragonheart didnt do so well at the box-office? Bale continued, I dont know about that! Reign of Fire is an original idea. I made Equilibrium to put my toe in the visual effects waters to see what it was all about. I wanted to know what I would be up against.
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