Here’s the story of our Cowboy Bale
: Did playing a fake
cowboy in NEWSIES prepare you in any way for 3:10 TO YUMA. Did you draw from
Christian Bale: (laughs) I drew nothing from
it, except for the quite annoying fact that when I first arrived in Sante Fe, I
could not get the song from NEWSIES [“Sante Fe”] out of my mind. Every time
somebody said ‘Sante Fe’…if you’re familiar with NEWSIES, there’s a song, and it
would just go on through my head. And, it hadn’t been in my head for, whatever
it is, 16 years or something like that. Dammit, if every time I saw a sign, a
road sign or somebody mentioned it…and it took a good month or so for that to
And, you just had to belt it out right there?
Oh, no. I
definitely kept that inside. I wasn’t going to let anybody know about it there.
But, it added to your character’s torment, I’m guessing.
what his conflict is. (laughs)
(taken from an interview published on
Aug. 30, 2007 in http://www.aintitcool.com/)