We’ve gotten a lot of pics lately of Christian Bale hanging out on the mean streets of LA in the past couple of weeks as he films Terrence Malick’s lastest, Knight of Cups. These pics could easily be more of the same, but they are reportedly scenes of Bale and fellow actor Wes Bentley (rumored to be appearing in Knight of Cups as well), filming a documentary about the homeless population of LA’s Skid Row.
Bale is known for his charitable efforts almost as much as he is for his acting abilities. He is active in many organizations, including Ark Trust, Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Foundation, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the Redwings (Horse) Sanctuary and the Happy Child Mission, a school for street kids in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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Bentley, the son of two Methodist ministers and as a recovering addict, probably feels a stronger need to give back. In 2010, told The New York Times that he spent most of the 2000s seriously addicted to drugs including cocaine and heroin, and that the few acting roles he took during that time period were only so that he would have money to buy drugs.
(Call me skeptical, but I can’t find anything on documentary in progress. Something tells me this is in fact part of the filming for Knight of Cups. I’ll be happy to be proven wrong.)