Fetterman gets Hollywood treatment, scores role in Christian Bale film because his face ‘fits in the 1830s’

Hollywood nepotism and the penchant for progressives is well established, but actor Christian Bale’s reason behind casting Pennsylvania Senator-elect John Fetterman (D) in his upcoming Netflix film may not have landed as the compliment he intended.

Expected for release on Jan. 6, 2023, “The Pale Blue Eye” features Bale as a detective who teams up with a young Edgar Allan Poe investigating the murder of a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Fetterman, who was elected after facing Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz, whom he routinely criticized as a celebrity out of touch with average Americans, took to Twitter Friday to brag about his latest collaboration with the award winning actor.

“It me + G + Christian Bale circa 1830,” the soon-to-be congressman captioned the image of him in costume alongside his wife, Gisele Fetterman, Bale, and director Scott Cooper. “+ 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.'”

Bale and Cooper had previously worked with Fetterman on the 2013 film “Out of the Furnace” that was filmed in and around Braddock, PA while the politician was still mayor and was about the life of a steel mill worker. When discussing the cameo in the latest project, the duo recounted how they had built a rapport with Fetterman and Bale, who had been adorned with a zip code tattoo on his neck like the one on Fetterman’s arm, expressed his desire to include the senator-elect again.

“John’s got this fantastic face…and so I said to Scott,” the actor explained, “‘We 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.'”

He went on to laud the casting after considering many talented actors who didn’t necessarily look the part and while the actor and director were clearly fawning over Fetterman whom they also referred to as a “survivor,” reactions detailed how many received the remarks.

Meanwhile, others offered up suggestions on roles they believed Fetterman would be better suited for so long as looks were the main consideration and no lines would be required of the politician who has yet to fully recover from a stroke he suffered earlier this year.

Perhaps, the most critical assessment of all came from those disgusted by the ties to Hollywood, especially after the politician criticized his opponent.

Others lambasted Fetterman for taking the time to pursue frivolities like this when so little has been done to address crime in major cities like Philadelphia. As Joe Concha put it, “Congratulations Pennsylvania! While Philadelphia sets record after record for homicides and the DA is on the verge of being ousted, this is how your sentaor-elect is preparing for his six years on the hill.”


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