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Jennifer Lawrence Insulted Christian Bale, Somehow Made It Out Alive And Profanity-Free

Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle

Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually a fan of Christian Bale and his work – and by his “work”, I am of course referring to his portrayal of the adorable Laurie in Little Women first and foremost.  His turn as Batman falls somewhere down the line after that.  Anyway, it’s no secret that Christian Bale has a temper and at least one or two profanity-laced rants under his belt.  Much like Russel Crowe has at least one or two telephone-hurling incidents under his.  So it was kind of surprising that Jennifer Lawrence was able to throw a zinger Christian’s way when they were filming American Hustle together last year and make it out alive.  It’s also further proof that Jennifer Lawrence subscribes to some form of fabulous sorcery that makes everyone want to be her best friend.

“‘I finally get to make out with Christian Bale and he’s a really fat guy,’” director David O. Russell recalled Jennifer saying while filming. She said: “‘He’s Fatman, not Batman.’”

Just goes to show you that the funniest, quickest jokes don’t require a lot of forethought, because I totally chuckled at this.  And then kicked myself for not thinking of it first.  Not that I will ever get to make out with Christian Bale, of course, but still.  Christian Bale loves to throw himself into his roles, whether it means losing 40+ pounds or gaining it.  If I were to ever have the chance to be geographically anywhere near his soft and supple lips, it would probably be when he was sporting a potbelly and a comb-over, and not Batman’s abs of steel and romance novel-tousled hair.

So either Christian Bale didn’t hear Jennifer refer to him as “Fatman” firsthand, or he’s just as charmed as the rest of the world is, and probably dabs two squirts of eau de Lawrence on his wrists before leaving the house.  Looking forward to seeing both of these crazy kids tonight at the Globes, and if they’ll make next year’s list of awkward award show moments.

(Photo: WENN)

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  • klm

    Actually, Christian Bale has called himself like that in the interviews for American Hustle so I’m pretty sure it was an inside joke between the actors on set.

  • CJAY

    I thought Jennifer wanted it to be illegal to call people fat. Or I guess it’s ok to call guys fat, just not women.

  • Jules

    Okay…this is a second hand quote from Russell as reported by US Magazine (integrity and truth in reporting isn’t exactly a hallmark of their publication). Also, back in March when American Hustle began filming, it was the CREW that nicknamed Bale “Fatman” and he thought it was hilarious. The only mention I’ve read that was a direct quote from Lawrence regarding Bale, was “I get to kiss Batman”.

    In other words, in all likelyhood this is either way out of context or, completely made up so that US can get hits on their site. Remember, it’s Oscar season and Jennifer Lawrence is a serious threat to win back to back Oscars. So, I’m sure there are those that will sling mud, make up shit, etc., to suit their needs for the campaign season. Investigative journalism is sorely needed in the internet age so that harsh, unnecessary judgements can be avoided.

  • Jeremy

    It was a running Nickname on Set. Bale Also did Gain some weight for the role in American Hustle.