Senator-elect John Fetterman (D-PA) made it into Hollywood A-lister Christian Bale’s newest film — all because the actor met him and determined that he had a face that would fit into the movie’s 1830s setting.
The film, which is scheduled for release on Netflix in early January, is titled “The Pale Blue Eye” and directed by Scott Cooper. It features Bale as a detective who attempts to solve the murder of a West Point Cadet. When the other cadets close ranks, the detective brings one cadet into his confidence to help with the case — a young Edgar Allen Poe — and Fetterman, alongside his wife Gisele, apparently has a cameo.
“It me + G + Christian Bale circa 1830,” Fetterman tweeted along with a photo.
+ Director Scott Cooper! This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure to work with these incredible guys – First in “Out of The Furnace” and now in “The Pale Blue Eye”
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) December 9, 2022
His follow up tweet noted that director Scott Cooper also appeared in the photo. “This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure to work with these incredible guys — First in ‘Out of the Furnace’ and now in ‘The Pale Blue Eye,'” he added.
In footage posted by CineMovie, Cooper and Bale discussed what got them to work with Fetterman in the first place — the fact that “Out of the Furnace” was actually filmed in Braddock, Pennsylvania, while the senator-elect was still mayor there — and then Bale explained how that led to Fetterman appearing in ‘The Pale Blue Eye.’
“John’s got this fantastic face. And so I said to Scott, ‘We’ve got to have him in the tavern. You got to have that face. That’s a face that fits in the 1830s, because a lot of faces don’t fit in the 1830s,'” Bale explained, prompting laughter.
“We looked at some really wonderful actors and their faces, you just went — their face just doesn’t fit — Scott cast beautifully, I mean, I was so grateful for the people that he cast,” he continued.
Someone off camera noted that Fetterman looked like “a survivor” — and Bale’s reaction was visible: “Oh, yeah, that guy survived.”
Cooper went on to joke about the fact that when Fetterman first arrived on set to film — despite temperatures that were barely into double digits — he was always wearing shorts.