Christian Bale: Moses was ‚barbaric‘ and ’schizophrenic‘

Holy Moses! … Christian Bale in Exodus. Photograph: Allstar Picture Library
Christian commentators alarmed by actor’s comments and by Exodus director Ridley Scott saying he needed a ‘more scientific’ explanation for the parting of Red Sea than divine intervention.

By Catherine Shoardtheguardian

Christian Bale has caused concern amongst some Christian writers with his remarks about Moses, the Biblical figure he plays in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming Exodus: Of Gods and Kings.

“I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life,” Bale said at a press conference in Los Angeles.

The actor said he wasn’t knowledgeable about the Bible before taking on the role, but had undertaken significant research, including also reading the Torah, the Koran and Jonathan Kirsch’s life of Moses. Bale said he was surprised by the complexity of the figure – and his creator.

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