A relaxed Christian Bale shared numerous revelations Tuesday night about playing Moses in director Ridley Scott's upcoming tentpole, Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The Oscar-winning actor showed up on the 20th Century Fox lot to present 37 minutes of footage, or nine scenes, from the upcoming biblical epic, which Fox and Chernin Entertainment don't open in theaters until Dec. 12. The presentation of the footage was followed by the screening of a new trailer.
"The big one for me, other than realizing I had no idea about Moses at all, was just how complex a character he was," Bale said during a Q&A following the screening.
"He was a very troubled, tumultuous man and mercurial. But the biggest surprise was the nature of God. He was equally very mercurial," Bale continued, conceding that his religious training was "below Sunday school."
To prepare for the role, Bale read numerous books, including the Torah, which he said "took a bit of time," and Jonathan Kirsch's Moses: A Life and the Koran. "It wasn't all in one go," he said.
Some have criticized Scott for casting white actors as Egyptians, whether Bale as Moses, Edgerton as Rhamses, Sigourney Weaver as Queen Tuya, John Turturro as the Pharaoh Seti or Aaron Paul as Joshua.