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Christian Bale Says ‘Knight of Cups’ Director Terrence Malick Doesn’t Mind if Actors Don’t Know All Lines

The cast of “Knight of Cups” said unanimously that the thing they were most drawn to and most enjoyed was the chance to work with writer and director Terrence Malick (“The Thin Red Line,” “Badlands”).

“Terry is wonderful company and very creative,” Christian Bale said. “He’s very creative but there is a very relaxed atmosphere. People would come and be a bit nervous about how he works, and I’d just go up to them and say, ‘It’s all right, don’t worry about it.’ And they’d say they didn’t know all their lines, and I’d go, ‘Don’t worry about it, he doesn’t mind.'”

“Working with Terry was a dream,” said Wes Bentley, who plays Bale’s brother in the movie. “Not only because of the artistic experience, which was amazing on its own, but also because he is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. He’s just such an impressive human being.”

Knight of Cups” follows Rick (Bale) through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas on a search for love and self. On his journey, which takes him through mansions, resorts and clubs, he stumbles through relationships with six different women while dealing with his relationships with his brother and father.

Bale noted that working with Malick — who has an unconventional approach to filmmaking — allowed him to feel more free, but made it more difficult to return to a more traditional style of directing afterwards.

“After finishing this, I went and did another film, and after the first day, they yelled, ‘Cut’ — which is kinda something you never heard on Terry’s film, because they were just filming all the time,” Bale recalled. “We finished on this other film, and everyone looked at me and said, ‘You didn’t hit any mark once, you didn’t say half the lines, and you made up a bunch of others.’ I went, ‘Oh yeah, right, we’re doing it that way now.'”

“It’s very different,” he agreed, “but it also leads to a different viewing experience as well.”

“Knight of Cups” opens on March 4, and also stars Imogen Poots, Natalie Portman, Teresa Palmer, Freida Pinto, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas and Brian Dennehy.

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