Everest: The director wanted Christian Bale “but Ridley Scott offered him twice as much money to shoot Exodus”

Everest: The director wanted Christian Bale "but Ridley Scott offered him twice as much money to shoot Exodus"
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Everest, by Baltasar Kormakur, will return to France 3 tonight.

In September 2015, Première met Baltasar Kormakur to talk about Everest. Rebroadcast this evening on France 3, this one tells the nightmare experienced by mountaineers caught in a storm in the middle of an ascent of the highest mountain in the world. Known for action movies Smuggling Where 2 Guns, explained at the time why he absolutely wanted to shoot in the mountains and film an all-powerful nature. The Icelander recalls, for example, that he lives on an island where a volcano can erupt at any time. “We are at the mercy of Nature. Yet people forget that they live on a living planet and that they cannot cope with the natural elements.”

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He then returns to the fact that Christian Bale had to join the team, that he wanted to, but that the project took a long time to set up and that led to the departure of the star. “Between the moment we talked about the film and its shooting, Ridley Scott offered him twice as much money as me to make Exodus (…) It often happens in Hollywood”. It has the merit of being clear ! In the absence of Bale, the director still managed to surround himself with a 5-star cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke

Here is the trailer forEverest :

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