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Posted at 10:50 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Christian Bale in the Oscar press room: another fine performance

By Jen Chaney

Christian Bale

Christian Bale is new to this whole Academy Awards process. He made that clear, in most charming fashion, when he entered the press room to undergo the gauntlet of post-Oscar-win questions.

Why are you all holding up signs? he wanted to know. They're numbers, he was told, so the Oscar press room bosses can decide which reporters to call on. It's sort of like an auction.

Do you win anything? Bale asked, puzzled. But he pressed on.

When a reporter from People, who happened to be wearing a bowler hat, stood to ask a question, Bale complimented his head wear.

Then he asked: "Have you been drinking?"

The reporter played along. He said he had.

Then it got better.

A CNN journalist noted that Bale didn't like dealing with press much, then asked how he had handled all the media attention during the awards season.

He noted that he'd been in China for a month shooting a movie and didn't have to deal with it. And he said he thought the performance should speak for itself, there should be no campaigning.

Then a daring reporter stood up and noted that Bale has played characters who have experienced meltdowns. Given that, he wondered, what did he think of Charlie Sheen's meltdown?

Bale didn't miss a beat: "Like I said, I've been in China. No clue."

Well played, Mr. Oscar winner. Well played.

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 10:50 PM ET
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, Oscars  
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Comments

Lose the beard, Christian.

Posted by: SubRosa2 | February 28, 2011 4:42 AM | Report abuse

@SubRosa2 - Dittoooooo!!!

Posted by: cymp65 | February 28, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

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