You can put Christian Bale through any kind of hell on film and he's game. He'll shrivel down to a skeleton or get dragged through the dirt for the sake of his art. So playing cowboy in the desert heat for 3:10 to Yuma was nothing.
Christian Bale on 3:10 to Yuma
"I kind of like movies where I get to just be dirty and crawling in the mud," said Bale. "With Rescue Dawn it was all that primordial stuff and with this one it was all about wearing the same clothes day after day and getting sweaty and dirty exposure to the sun. It's meant to be like that. Westerns are meant to be dirty. They shouldn't be all nice and clean. I like getting my hands dirty."
Heat was not actually the real problem in New Mexico. "It got to be bloody freezing especially some of the night shoots. Then we had like the worst winter storm in recorded history come in."
At least the scenery was nice. "I don't have any recollections of Santa Fe particularly, but the canyons and being out in the high desert, that was nice. Just being out riding your horses and shooting your guns, that's a lot of fun."
3:10 to Yuma pairs Bale up with the powerhouse of Russell Crowe. "We had never met before. That's all. Whenever people ask me what I was doing next and I said that I was going to be working with Russell they would kind of look at me and go, 'Oh, right, you're going to be in for a tough ride with him.' It was absolutely true. No, you find an awful lot, and I don't mean to talk out of school, but a lot of actors sort of complain and winge and do everything to avoid actually getting on with the work so it's nice when you're working with someone like Russell when you can just get to the point and you can have blunt conversations about the scenes and it just makes it easy. Obviously, he doesn't have to be told what to do because he's a bloody good actor and it's a pleasure to work with someone as good as that."