By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—Christian Bale follows in the sandals of Charlton Heston in playing Old Testament figure Moses in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” The “Dark Knight” star, however, hopes that audiences won’t draw comparisons between the two performances from different eras.
“You can’t out-Heston Charlton Heston,” explained Bale at a recent sneak peek of the swords and sandals epic at the 20th Century Fox studio lot.
The epic film is due in theaters Friday, Dec. 12, and follows the Biblical story of the Jewish prophet.
It’s the first time Bale, who teamed with Christopher Nolan on the “Dark Knight” trilogy, has worked with Scott who, almost singlehandedly revived the historic epic, with his award-winning “Gladiator” movie.
At a lively 17-minute interview following some clips from the upcoming film about a man born to a Jewish slave, who became the adopted son of a pharaoh, before being called by God to lead the Jews out of Egypt, Bale talked about taking on the iconic role and working with the legendary British filmmaker.