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Christian Bale

christian-baleBorn 1974

39 Years Old

Alive

English

Actor

 

1974- born on January 30th in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

1987- had role in Empire of the Sun, directed by Steven Spielberg, as a child actor

1989- had role in Henry V, directed by Kenneth Branagh

1992- starred in musical film Newsies

1995- had voice only role in Pocahontas

1999- played Demetrius in Shakespearean story A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2000- starred in American Psycho

2002- had supporting role in Reign of Fire

2002- starred in Equilibrium, a science fiction film

2004- lost 63 pounds for his role in The Machinist

2005- played Batman for the first time in Batman Begins

2005- starred in The New World as American settler John Rolfe

2006- starred in Rescue Dawn as real life POW Dieter Dengler

2006- starred in The Prestige

2007- starred in Western 3:10 to Yuma

2008- played Batman for second time in The Dark Knight

2009- played John Connor in Terminator Salvation

2009- starred in Public Enemies where he played real life FBI agent Melvin Purvis

2010- won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Fighter

2012- played Batman for third and final time in The Dark Knight Rises

2013- starred in American Hustle, nominated for Golden Globe

 

Bale is known for his utmost commitment to his acting roles, often going above and beyond what most thespians would do for their art, including severe weight gain/loss and playing difficult characters.  One such character was investment banker/serial killer Patrick Bateman in the controversial American Psycho.  Bale studied the novel deeply, exercised until he achieved the proper physique needed and distanced himself from the cast and crew in order maintain the sociopathic nature of the role.

 

In The Machinist, Bale dropped over sixty pounds, appearing on screen emaciated and “strung out” and exhausted at around 120 pounds.  He then gained enough weight back to play Batman at reportedly over 220 pounds.  Director Christopher Nolan is said to have asked him to drop 20 pounds of that weight because he looked too beefy.

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