Watch: Terrence Malick & Christian Bale Attempt to Film at ACL Show

September 19, 2011
Source: The Film Stage

Terrence Malick & Christian Bale

The plot thickens. Over the weekend, we wrote about news that Terrence Malick has been spotted at the Austin City Limits festival this weekend, filming Christian Bale at various concerts from Coldplay to Bright Eyes. Originally, some early photos started showing up, but now an actual video has hit the web via The Film Stage, first posted on Twitter, where it has since been pulled (we've put up another version below). This amateur video features Malick actually filming Bale and directing him, which is amazing to see, for this still unknown and untitled film, which might not be that Jerry Lee Lewis film. See the master at work below!

This is a bit different that normal set photos, because we still have no idea what he's working on and we're trying to piece this together, and it's footage straight from ACL itself, as they're walking through the crowd. You can also notice a very light gray color to Bale's hair on the sides, and those sunglasses, so he's definitely in character for Malick's new film. This video was shot during the Cut Copy show, and others have seen them all over at various concerts throughout the weekend. Here's a working upload of the original footage:

The other interesting thing to note about this new project from Malick is that young actress Haley Bennett has been spotted with them, filming scenes as well, at ACL. Beyond that, it's rumored that Ryan Gosling is also in the cast, but we haven't seen him yet. While its known that Malick has a Jerry Lee Lewis musician biopic in the works, this might not be it. The best speculation comes from The Playlist: "It should be noted that Bale does bear a striking resemblance to some kind of hybrid of Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison in these pictures given his head-to-toe black outfit. If we were to take a random, wild stab in the dark, perhaps Bale is playing a mentor to Bennett who plays an up-and-coming musician? Again, just a wild guess."

Either way, this is definitely some kind of story involving a musician(s), and we're curious to see if this raw footage from ACL will be made to look period for the film later, or actually part of a contemporary new story from Malick. There are a handful of more photos and videos over at TFS and on Playlist featuring Bale, Bennett and Malick all around ACL this past weekend. What makes all this so intriguing is that we know nothing about it, and it's exciting watching them actually shooting an unknown film, the second new one in the works from Malick since Tree of Life. We'll keep you updated on any other details. What is he up to?!

Christian Bale Filming at ACL

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he looks more like some kind of music mogul, record label exec here 

Vitaliy Shtabnoy on Sep 19, 2011


I got this feeling also. Doesnt seem like a fan at a festival or a musical artists. With his chin high and the way he walked he really seems to be at a higher level than puny fans.

Tomi on Sep 19, 2011


With his Academy Award win and the Batman franchise coming to an end, Christian Bale will hopefully do more movies from now on.

Elsa Sanchez on Sep 19, 2011


With editing finished in 2017 and 2021 respectively.

Robert L. Tuva on Sep 19, 2011


I walked right up to Christian Bale at ACL, shook his hand and asked him what he was filming.  He said it was a documentary.  When I asked what it was about he said "We are making it up as we go."

Renee on Sep 19, 2011


I like that.

Xerxexx on Sep 19, 2011


Ha, Bale was being a big smart ass to you.  Nothing is that impromptu in A-line Hollywood.

Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011


Maybe he is playing Bono!!!

hombrezoo on Sep 19, 2011


Oh dear god, I wanna bang this man until I cry semen. 

Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011


Yes. Malick is that awesome. 

lossy on Sep 20, 2011


Lol, damn you witty bastard. 

Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011


finally Malick is not the Yeti;he's real! he talks

Cal on Sep 21, 2011


Holy shit. I never thought there'd be a video with Malick in front of the lens. Thank you. 

crumb on Sep 21, 2011


I only recently became aware of Malick, while looking deeply into the philosophy of the mind and consciousness, when his name popped up for me. Everything I read about him and his last movie "The Tree of Life" indicate someone who is more than he seems. His own personal insight into "Life" is the main reason for his choice of seculsion. Unlike Tom Shadyak, he actually gets what his message is about.

John Tregidga on Sep 29, 2011

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