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Bale has a love/hate relationship with acting

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Christian Bale says that he has a love/hate relationship with acting and that money was his main motivation for becoming an actor in the first place.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the Batman star said that providing for his family spurred him on in his career.

"It was money, you know? 'Christ my family can do with that'. So sure, all right, I did it; there was no reason not to do it. And everybody kept asking me to do it, and then it became sort of a thing of, 'Oh I could actually really provide with this' and there's a pride in being able to do that. But there's also a prison, you know, at such a young age.

"I certainly wouldn't have my daughter do anything like that because it becomes a necessity and, in that case, it killed it – it actually killed my drive of acting because it became something I felt like I had to do.

"You know, you can't enjoy something when you're actually – not being forced to do it, but you feel that duty and obligation that if you don't a lot of people are going to suffer."

He continued, "It's always been a love/hate thing for me because of that, you know? When I love it, I love it. When I hate it, I just can't. It's just disgusting, this vanity-fuelled profession. I mean, I just can't stand it. I can't stand the people and I hate them all and I hate the films and I don't want to see a film again in my life.

"And then I'll find something and I'll go, 'Yeah, forget everything I just said. I want to go back in. I want to go back into it.' But it's always like that for me. It's a very black and white thing."

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