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, then went skeletal again to star in Rescue Dawn, then gained it back for The Dark Knight, then 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.
Tropes invoked by this actor: