Christian Bale is one Star Wars movie away from hitting the holy trinity of nerd culture movies.
If the opportunity ever presents itself for the Academy Award-winner actor, one can expect he would play an important character in the ever-expanding saga, just like he did in the Marvel and D.C. cinematic universes.
However, Bale himself would be more than happy playing just a Stormtrooper.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter recently, Bale said that being a Star Wars fan growing up, he wanted to play the Trooper who bumped his head on the door frame. But he would be delighted if he could land a role bigger than that, Bale added.
"“All I ever wanted in Star Wars was to be in a Star Wars outfit and hit my head on a door or something as I walked through. The real nerds who watched Star Wars way too many times always knew about that one scene where the Stormtrooper hits his head on the door as he comes through. I wanted to be that guy. That was it. But look, if I’m fortunate enough to be more than that, oh man, yeah. What a delight that would be.”"
In a scene that should have been a blooper but is now an iconic part of Star Wars lore, one stormtrooper unceremoniously hit his head on the door frame.
Laurie Goode, the actor who played the trooper, said in a 2017 The Hollywood Reporter interview that he was distracted due to a stomach upset during the shooting of A New Hope and expected his accidental head bump to be taken out in the editing process.
A self-proclaimed fan of the franchise, Christian Bale admitted that he still treasures the Star Wars figures he collected when he was younger.
He added that he knows Kathleen Kennedy very well, having worked with her on Empire of the Sun.
"“I’ve still got the figures from when I was little. I also know Kathy Kennedy very well because she was working with Spielberg when I did Empire of the Sun, and now, she runs the Star Wars universe.”"
Bale previously had a go at playing Darth Vader in a play within the movie Reign of Fire, where he and Gerard Butler recreated Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber battle with his father in The Empire Strikes Back.
The Dark Knight star previously revealed that he was being considered for the role of Han Solo’s mentor Tobias Beckett in Solo: A Star Wars Story. It ultimately went to Woody Harrelson.