Christian Bale credits his acting skills to horses

August 21st, 2008 - 2:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Tokyo, Aug 21 (ANI): Welsh-born English actor Christian Bale says that the credit for his acting abilities goes to horses, for he honed his techniques by watching them.

Bale, noted for his self-confidence in the way he moves and handles himself, ascribes part of this ease and gracefulness to horsemanship.

“I love horses. I”ve learned from them. Just watch how a horse walks. It does it without self-consciousness, The Japan Times Online quoted him as saying.

I”ve seen so much, so much human self-consciousness, since an early age, in this business of acting. In truth, actors are possibly the most self-conscious people on Earth.

But watching horses, and riding horses, I”ve learned a lot about nature. About being natural. Once you master a horse but it also masters you you gain more confidence in yourself.

A horse is, after all, a pretty large animal. When you can mount it and move it and move along with it, that is a hard-won and very real accomplishment.

It involves posture and coordination, respect for the animal, also timing, and esteem for yourself, cooperation, and a flow and a rhythm that’’s rather Zen-like, he said. (ANI)

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