Christian Bale suggests we're all witnessing Donald Trump read 'Dictatorship for Dummies'


After an election like no other, many celebrities around the world with a strong social media presence have been either outspoken or eerily silent about their thoughts when it comes to politics.

Christian Bale might not do it for the 'gram, but he did open up a bit with The Daily Beast while promoting his upcoming film The Promise—and the conversation revealed a bit about the Oscar winning actor's political thoughts in today's climate.

The controversial film finds the English actor playing a journalist in the Ottoman empire (now Turkey) during the country's 1915 mass killings of millions of Armenians. In the interview, he discusses the "post-truth era" he says we're currently living in, in regards to people constantly questioning facts and the importance of a free press.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Actress Sibi Blazic, guest and ctor Christian Bale attend The World Premiere of Lucasfilm's highly anticipated, first-ever, standalone Star Wars adventure, 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' at the Pantages Theatre on December 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Marc Flores/Getty Images for Disney)
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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor Christian Bale (L) and Sibi Blazic attend the 'The Promise' premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Irish Director Jim Sheridan, producer Mike Medavoy and actor Christian Bale at the The Promise TIFF party hosted by GREY GOOSE Vodka and Soho House Toronto on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka )
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic arrive at the premiere of Broad Green Pictures' 'Knight Of Cups' on March 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: (L-R) Teresa Palmer, Freida Pinto and Christian Bale arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Knight Of Cups' held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on March 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Actor Christian Bale posing at the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Actors Steve Carell, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling speak onstage at the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard and Christian Bale attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Screen Actors Guild Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actor Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for People Magazine)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: (L-R) Actors Christian Bale, Amy Schumer and director Adam McKay attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Christian Bale, winner of Best Actor in a Comedy for 'The Big Short,' speaks onstage during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Christian Bale, left, and Sibi Blazic attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Christian Bale attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic arrive at the 16th Annual AFI Awards on January 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic arrive at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 02, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02:Actor Christian Bale arrives at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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"Well, [the U.S. presidential election] was happening as we were filming," Bale told The Daily Beast. "We shot this towards the end of 2015, so that was happening and then becoming more and more relevant," he explained.

When the topic of the disappearance of free press under dictators came up, Bale had a succinct response that managed to throw shade at President Donald Trump: "It's like we're watching somebody reading a Dictatorship for Dummies book," he said.

"I remember prior to the election I thought it was batshit crazy that people would talk about how there'll be 'a revolution in appreciation of what we have and not taking it for granted,' and you think no way in hell," he explained.

"But we're here, and you think, well OK, that's your best bet, isn't it? So the hope is that journalism becomes more exceptional than it has been in decades, and that we start to recognize and treasure it—to treasure so many different things," Bale said.

Bale discusses other topics, including his portrayal of former vice president Dick Cheney in an upcoming film with The Big Short director Adam McKay and how he hopes audiences leave both politically charged films ready for "conversation, education, and hopefully compassion..."

(H/T The Daily Beast)

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