Christian Bale To George Clooney: “Stop Whining” About The Paparazzi!
Clooney has been vocal about his displeasure with photographers who take and sell intrusive photos to the tabs. As Gossip Cop reported back in 2009, Clooney even sued a paparazzo who allegedly scaled a wall at the actor’s Italian home and snapped a topless shot of a friend’s 13-year-old daughter changing in one of his guest rooms.
But in his new interview for WSJ’s December/January holiday issue, Bale calls Clooney’s complaints “boring.” The Exdous: Gods and Kings star explains, “It doesn’t matter that he talks about it. It’s like, ‘Come on, guys, just shut up. Just get on with it and live your lives and stop whining about it.’ I prefer not to whine about it.”
Bale also opens up about how he and wife Sibi Blazic deal with prodding paparazzi, specifically citing an incident in Italy, where coincidentally Clooney has a home. Bale recalls, “I would go to work; she would leave the hotel. There would be a man who stood outside… and say the most obscene things imaginable to my 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.”
“Because that’s the most vulnerable thing, isn’t it? I don’t really give a sh*t what he says about me,” Bale goes on, expressing concern about his wife. “So what happens? One day I walk out and I see him. I go after him, and he gets all these shots of me coming after him. Bingo, he’s hit gold. He gets exactly what he wants, smiles and walks off. I feel like an ass ’cause I’ve given him what he wanted.” The actor stresses, “But in my mind, I had no other choice. How could I sit back and accept somebody talking that way to my wife? I couldn’t. I just couldn’t do it.”
Bale further tells the magazine, “I feel I should have as much privacy as anyone else.” It actually kind of seems like Bale is doing exactly what he criticizes Clooney for — being vocal about the paparazzi. What do you think? How should celebrities deal with paparazzi? And should stars comment on other stars?