Hostiles is an 1892 Western about Army Capt. Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale), a brave and emotionally scarred man who is forced to escort a dying war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to their tribal land. Bale reunites with Out of the Furnace filmmaker Scott Cooper for the project which, amidst all of its violence, calls for a deeper recognition of different cultures.
Films like The Promise and Hostiles feature subtle social themes within its narrative, and Bale believes cinematic storytelling can deepen with today’s current social climate. “There’s a larger opportunity happening right now with all of the sexual harassment allegations” said Bale. “The shift in cultural perspective in the war of philosophy about refugees. The whitewashing of casting in movies and you just think of the potential of more interesting dialogue, (along with) with far more fascinating movies if we do finally embrace that (dialogue).”
Click on the media bar to hear Bale discuss what he learned from shooting Hostiles (he mentions Chief Philip Whiteman, who gave Bale insights on the Cheyenne culture, in the clip):
Director Scott Cooper reunites with Out of Furnace actor Christian Bale in the epic Western Hostiles. The 1892 set feature centers on a soon to be retiring Army Captain (Bale) who reluctantly escorts a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) to Montana. During their journey they meet a widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was killed by Indians, and together they traverse the various antagonists who mean to do them harm.
“If I have confidence in a director and I trust their judgment,” said Pike on collaborating with Cooper. “I can be completely free and that’s where the real joy of the job lies.”
Pike, who turned in an Oscar nominated performance in Gone Girl, is an esteemed actress in her own right, and in the clip below she talks about admiring the acting talents of Christian Bale.
Hostiles, co-starring Rory Cochrane, is now playing nationwide.
The epic and oftentimes harrowing Western Hostiles centers on an Army Captain (Christian Bale) who is nearing the end of his service. An unwavering leader who has been scarred by the ravages of war, he is given one final task that he initially refuses to accept – escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family from New Mexico to tribal lands in Montana.
During their trek they meet a widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was murdered by Indians on the plains as well as “hostiles” who have their own distinct motives. Director Scott Cooper, who previously worked with Bale in Out of the Furnace and also helmed the crime drama Black Mass, cites The Searchers as an inspiration for Hostiles.
In the audio clip below, Christian Bale explains why he loves working with Cooper.
Hostiles, co-starring Ben Foster, opens nationwide December 22.
Johnny Depp plays Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass, a film which according to director Scott Cooper is inspired by the works of Martin Scorsese (Mean Streets, Goodfellas) and Jean-Pierre Melville (Bob le Flambeur,Le Cercle Rouge). Joel Edgerton co-stars as John Connolly, the FBI who aided Bulger’s rise to power.
In making Black Mass, Cooper understands that film, at its essence, attempts to capture the emotional truth of a person’s life. If viewers want a more fact driven account of Bulger, they can always turn to the documentary Whitey: United States of America v. James Bulger.
“I did not want to make a film strictly about criminals who just happened to be humans,” said Cooper, whose previous directing credits include Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace. “I wanted to make a film about humans who happened to be criminals and this was the story that we were telling.”
As director Brian De Palma often says, “the camera lies 24 frames per second.” While Black Massis far from being a pack of lies, Cooper was able to craft a visually arresting aesthetic with cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi (the pair previously worked together on Out of the Furnace).
Click on the media bar to hear Cooper talk about the “truth” behind Black Mass:
To check out why Joel Edgerton didn’t meet John Connolly while prepping for Black Mass, go to Deepest Dream.Black Mass opens nationwide Friday, September 18.
Jeff Bridges is on the fast-track for an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a broken-down Country Music singer who lives a hard life. Bridges has already landed Best Actor nods from various organizations including the Golden Globes and Screen Actors’ Guild Awards.
The actor has worked with his fair share of notable filmmakers over the years including John Carpenter and the Coen brothers and he’s convinced that Crazy HeartDirector, Scott Cooper ranks up there with the best of them.
Click onto media bar for Jeff Bridges’ thoughts on Crazy Heart filmmaker Scott Cooper.