"You fancy my acting prowess, huh? OH, GOOD FOR YOU!!"Christian Charles Philip Bale
(born 1974) is a Welsh-born actor (raised mainly in Southern England).
Bale is a former child star turned very versatile leading man, with a reputation for taking any role that challenged him. He's also known for being willing to radically transform his body for a role; he lost 63 pounds for The Machinist
, immediately gained it back and then some (100) to play everyone's favorite masked vigilante in Batman Begins
went skeletal again to star in Rescue Dawn
gained it back for The Dark Knight
went skeletal again
to star in The Fighter
. And then made The Dark Knight Rises
. And then put on 43 pounds to play an overweight man in American Hustle
. If you ever needed someone to play both Laurel and
Hardy in the same movie, this is the actor you'd turn to. Reportedly, his next role is to be as Nikola Tesla
playing opposite Nicolas Cage
as Tesla's rival Thomas Edison.
Bale's most famous role prior to the Batman films was his performance as Patrick Bateman in the film adaptation of American Psycho
Although he likes to keep details of his personal life away from the public eye, he's not immune to some controversy. In 2008, he was charged for verbal assault on his mother and sister, but he denied the allegations and the charges were dropped on the grounds of lack of evidence.
On February 2009, an audio recording of Christian's lengthy tirade
on the set of Terminator Salvation
, in which he verbally assaulted Director of Photography Shane Hurlburt for wandering about during the shooting of a pivotal scene one time too many, was leaked online. Following the leak, Christian issued a public apology, saying that his actions were "inexcusable" and that he "acted like a punk"; prior to the leak, Christian and Hurlburt talked out their problems almost immediately after the rant.
The rant was turned into various dance mixes
, the most famous of them being "Bale Out"
by RevoLucian (with an obligatory cameo by Barbra Streisand
), which is quite an Ear Worm
even by Bale's admission.
- Jim Graham, Empire of the Sun (1987)
- Jum Jum, Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
- Boy, Henry V (1989)
- Jim Hawkins, Treasure Island, (1990)
- Jack Kelly, Newsies (1992, though apparently he'd rather forget about it...)
- Thomas Berger Swing Kids (1993)
- Laurie, Little Women (1994)
- Thomas, Pocahontas (1995)
- Arthur Stuart, Velvet Goldmine (1998)
- Jesus, Mary Mother of Jesus (1999)
- Walter Wade Jr., Shaft (2000)
- Patrick Bateman, American Psycho (2000)
- Quinn, Reign of Fire (2002)
- John Preston, Equilibrium (2002)
- Howl, Howl's Moving Castle (Originally released in Japan in 2004, 2005 English Dub)
- Trevor Reznik, The Machinist (2004)
- John Rolfe, The New World (the 2nd film about Pocahontas he's appeared in!)
- Bruce Wayne/Batman, Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
- Also voiced the character(s) for the Batman Begins video game adaptation.
- Alfred Borden, The Prestige (2006)
- Jim Luther Davis, Harsh Times (2006)
- Dieter Dengler, Rescue Dawn (2007)
- Jack Rollins/Pastor John, I'm Not There (2007)
- Dan Evans, Three Ten To Yuma (2007)
- John Connor, Terminator Salvation (2009)
- Melvin Purvis, Public Enemies (2009)
- Dick Eklund, The Fighter (2010) (for which he won an Academy Award)
- John Miller, Flowers of War (2011)
- Irving Rosenfield, American Hustle (2013)
- Moses, Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
(Yes, yes he has, in fact, played Jesus, Moses and Batman).
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