I read John Farr's perception of Christian Bale after the magnificent Mr. Bale won his Oscar for The Fighter and the first thought that came to mind was a line from a song: "do you wanna touch, do you wanna touch me there?"
I mean, I understand John Farr's dilemma on the elusive, enigmatic Mr. Bale. John can't identify with him.
I'll solve the dilemma for you, John Farr. You can't identify with him because he is not average. You gave him enough credit for his acting brilliance and his intelligence, but also admit, you can't relate to him. The word you wanted to use was "unreachable" but I say, the real word that should apply and somewhat strikes reluctance in all of us, man or woman, is "untouchable". He seems untouchable, doesn't he?
And who can really blame you for wanting to bridge that gap between the average and superior?
He is an actor. He is uncomfortable with the label of a "movie star". Movie stars get by charisma and some, good looks and average intelligence. I, myself, am very touched by Mr. Bale's intensity. And if you want him to touch your soul, I suggest you see "The Flowers of War", "Out of the Furnace", and the CNN's coverage of his trip in China to see the blind, activist lawyer under house arrest.
But, I understand you want to touch him, instead of the other way around. You want to know what makes him Christian Bale. You're curious. Guess what? I don't blame you. I saw a man post a comment on YouTube in one of Mr. Bale's interviews, the man said it succinctly when he wrote, "It must be really nice to have his life". The man didn't say he wished he was Christian Bale, but stated a fact.
I'll attempt to sum up the enigmatic, brooding intensity of Mr. Bale for you, he is simply magnificent.