From Equilibrium's Production
Bale took the role, he also went into physical training. John Preston
is one of Libria's most skilled martial artists - a master of Kendo and
of Libria's special "Gun-Kata," Wimmer's innovative fighting form that
merges Westerstyle gunplay with an Eastern Karate sensibility. Bale
worked closely with stunt coordinator Jim Vickers to get a crash-course
in the Japanese fighting arts as well as the Zen of handling multiple
are some really amazing choreographed action sequences in the film,"
Bale points out, "and I wanted to be ready. Although I studied martial
arts for 'American Psycho,' I needed more training for the kind of
big-scale Kendo fights in EQUILIBRIUM. I took an eight-week course in
Judo, and I so enjoyed it, that I look forward to doing more action
Adds Wimmer: "We were immensely lucky to discover that Christian is a
gifted athlete. He has the ability of a trained dancer to remember
choreography instantly and I honestly believe that he made the action
scenes in this film work as no one else could have."
Interview with Dreamwatch
DW - How
did you know
that he was up to the physical demands of the role, the amazing
choreographed fight scenes and martial arts-style action?
KW - You
the rank amateur that I was, I didn't even consider that he wasn't up
to it! I thought we'd just choreograph it and do it! I realised quickly
that wasn't going to be the case. But Christian is a gifted athlete,
and he's also a trained dancer, but more importantly he has an uncanny
ability to remember choreography in a short period of time and execute
it under pressure. We often only had one take because if there are
multiple squibs going off, we didn't have time to reset for a second
take. He was able to do it first take and get it right every time. He
has tremendous timing, and he saved my ass. Had it been almost anybody
else, the results would have been really terrible.