Christian Bale, who plays Moses in the soon-to-be-released movie Exodus: Gods and Kings and he created some controversy in an interview recently when he made the entirely obvious claim that Moses was a “barbarian” and likely schizophrenic. Ted Baehr and Ben Kayser, the Christian right movie reviewers, take exception to that characterization:
In what could either be considered a genius marketing move, or quite detrimental, Christian Bale stirred things up with some controversial statements regarding the biblical figure. Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles, Bale didn’t hide the fact that he was trying to distance himself from Charlton Heston’s Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s classic 1956 movie, “The Ten Commandments.”
“I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life,” Bale said about Moses. “He’s a very troubled and tumultuous man who fought greatly against God, against his calling.”…
Bale’s statements are concerning, not because Christians don’t see Moses as a conflicted man who struggled with God’s calling, because he was in fact that. What’s disconcerting is that Bale’s comments make it appear Ridley Scott has turned a hero of the Christian faith into a barbarian.
This is something that even Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin did not do, for crying out loud. How else could this possibly be described but as barbaric?