Christian Bale: 'You'd have to be insane to cast me in a romcom'

Oscar winner Christian Bale's children hate his acting style.

Christian Bale recently turned down a romantic comedy because he thought he was an "insane" choice for the part.

The Dark Knight star is best known for his serious roles and dramatic physical transformations, but says he recently had an offer to broaden his range in a comedy.

However, he quickly turned producers down.

"I was asked to do a romantic comedy recently and I thought they'd lost their minds," Christian told The Guardian. "Cats have those insane half hours every evening. I think it must have been that for the production company. I don't know why anyone would ever offer me a romantic comedy."

Asked for his views on the genre, he revealed he could barely remember a romcom he had enjoyed watching, although he did add that he found American Psycho, in which he played murderous investment banker Patrick Bateman "very funny".

The 43-year-old star, who rose to fame while still a teenager after starring in the 1987 film Empire of the Sun, further admitted his early success has contributed to him having a love-hate relationship with acting.

"There was nobody (else in his family) to make any money," he explained. "At that age, it was, 'Oh, Christ, I've got to be the breadwinner.' That was no fun. So there's always been a bit of loathing because of that."

Christian also shared that his children Emmeline, 12, and three-year-old Joseph aren't fans of his intense acting style, adding: "They think I'm the worst actor ever. My daughter can't believe that anyone pays me."

As well as starring in a new Western flick Hostiles, the British actor has undergone one of his trademark physical transformations and piled on the pounds to play former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in Backseat, a biopic of the controversial politician, which will be released later this year (18).

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