Oscar winning, Wales-born actor Christian Bale made it big as a child actor in Steven Spielberg’s film Empire of the Sun; and he’s starred in dozens of films since, including Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” films. Bale, who now holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and the U.K., has a new film out called The Big Short. The setting of the film is a financial firm, where Bale plays a hedge fund manager, working through the crisis of the stock market crash of 2008.
Based on a true story, Bale plays the role of Michael Burry, whose own golden parachute netted him a whopping $100 million and whose investments during the crisis earned investors in his Scion Capitol group a phenomenal $700 million. For Bale, there’s no better time than the present to promote his new film, and no better way to do so than to sound off on American politics.
“The film can hopefully begin a conversation about: Why the hell is it that only seven years after this crisis happened, it could very well happen again?…How come money has become such a part of American politics that this could happen—again?” Bale told Jen Yamato of The Daily Beast.
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Yamato stated that Jeb Bush and John Kasich had direct ties to Lehman Brothers, to which Bale responded, “It’s nuts, isn’t it? Immediately you should not be allowed to run for president.”
He added: “You shouldn’t. You’ve got to take the money out of the whole thing. I left school at 16 and I never paid attention while I was in school anyway. I don’t have the answers, surprise, surprise. But far better brains than me should be able to figure this out. We should be able to work out what’s going wrong.”