Christian Bale says George Clooney whines too much, wants him to 'shut up'

Dec 1, 2014 at 6:18 p.m. ET
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Christian Bale has some harsh words for George Clooney and fellow A-list actors.

The Exodus: Gods and Kings actor spoke with the Wall Street Journal magazine and things got heated when Bale began discussing the paparazzi. No, he wasn't bashing the paparazzi. Instead, Bale expressed his beef with actors, specifically Clooney, who air their grief with photogs.

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Bale said he's tired of hearing about it because it's "boring." And although he feels like he should be afforded "as much privacy as anyone else," that doesn't mean he's going to complain about it every chance he gets.

"It doesn't matter that he [Clooney] talks about it. It's like, come on, guys, just shut up," Bale said. "Just get on with it and live your lives and stop whining about it. I prefer not to whine about it.

"You get people who are very rude," Bale acknowledged of journalists and the press. "When you do these press junkets, you end up doing a lot of interviews, and you feel like you've gone a bit insane. And some people poke you like you're an animal in a zoo, looking for a response. If you're smart, you don't give it to them. If you're dumb, occasionally, like me, you give it to them. And then they've basically got what they wanted. I usually regret it afterwards."

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Bale does acknowledge in the interview that the paparazzi are a challenge. He recounted a story of a particular photographer who would wait for him and his wife outside their hotel when they were in Italy. Whenever Bale and his wife would leave the hotel, the man would say "the most obscene things imaginable" to Bale's wife.

"I know what he's after; he has a strategy there. Am I able to say I'm not gonna give him that satisfaction of angry Christian Bale coming after this man? But equally, he's killing my humanity and my dignity as a husband if I do not, and he knows this. So you've got a choice."

A choice, Bale admits, he made emotionally and not logically. After listening to the man attack his wife for days, he finally snapped, which gave the photographer just the angry Bale photos he was looking for.

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"I feel like an ass 'cause I've given him what he wanted. But in my mind, I had no other choice. How could I sit back and accept somebody talking that way about my wife? I couldn't. I just couldn't do it."

For someone who doesn't want to hear other celebs talk about the paparazzi, Bale sure seems to have a lot to say on the matter.

Do you think Bale has a point? Or should celebrities continue to speak out against paparazzi harassment?