1. From Christian Charles Philip to Hollywood Star
Christian Bale, the British actor, was born with the full name of Christian Charles Philip Bale. Born in the United Kingdom, Bale has gone on to become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, starring in films such as The Dark Knight trilogy, American Psycho, and The Machinist. His career has spanned over three decades, and he has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Fighter.
2. Christian Bale's comeback role in 'American Psycho'
When writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Mary Harron were casting for the lead role in 2000's "American Psycho", they initially chose Christian Bale for the part. Unfortunately, the role was taken away from him and given to Leonardo DiCaprio. Fortunately, after a brief period of time, the role was returned to Christian Bale, who went on to deliver a critically acclaimed performance in the movie.
3. Christian Bale Preps with 10 Weeks of Dance
Christian Bale is an actor who is no stranger to taking on challenging roles. To prepare for his roles in the back-to-back films "Newsies" and "Swing Kids", he took 10 weeks of dance classes to perfect his moves. His hard work paid off, as his performances in both films were critically acclaimed.
4. Christian Bale & Winona Ryder in 'Little Women' (1994)
Christian Bale was chosen to star alongside Winona Ryder in the 1994 film "Little Women" after Ryder personally selected him for the role. The two had previously worked together on the 1992 film "Swing Kids", and Ryder was so impressed with Bale's performance that she requested him for the part in "Little Women". Bale's portrayal of Laurie, the love interest of Ryder's character Jo, earned him critical acclaim and helped launch his career.
5. Nine-Year-Old Actor Makes Debut in Pac-Man Commercial
At the tender age of nine, Christian Bale made his acting debut in 1983 with a commercial for Pac-Man cereal in the United Kingdom. This was the start of a long and successful career for the actor, who has since gone on to star in a number of critically acclaimed films, including The Dark Knight trilogy and American Psycho.
6. The Dark Knight
In 2005, Christian Bale made history by becoming the first non-American actor to take on the iconic role of Batman in the film "Batman Begins". He was the seventh actor to portray the beloved superhero, joining the ranks of Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and others. Bale's portrayal of the Dark Knight was met with critical acclaim, and he reprised the role in two sequels, "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises".
7. Christian Bale's Debut: 13-Year-Old in Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun"
At the tender age of 13, Christian Bale made his acting debut in the Steven Spielberg-directed movie, "Empire of the Sun". This was the start of a long and successful career for Bale, who has since gone on to star in a variety of films, including the critically acclaimed "The Dark Knight" trilogy.
8. Christian Bale's dedication to his craft is unparalleled
Christian Bale's dedication to his craft is unparalleled. For his leading role in the film "The Machinist," Bale went to extreme lengths to make himself look more emaciated, losing an astonishing 63 pounds. His commitment to the role was so intense that he was able to achieve a body weight of just 120 pounds, a feat that required a strict diet and intense exercise regimen. Bale's dedication to the role was so impressive that it earned him critical acclaim and numerous awards.
9. Christian Bale declines role in "The Rules Of Attraction"
Christian Bale was offered the chance to reprise his iconic role as Patrick Bateman in the 2002 film "The Rules Of Attraction", but he ultimately decided to turn down the opportunity. His portrayal of the character in the 2000 film "American Psycho" had become a cult classic, and Bale felt that it would be difficult to top his performance. He also felt that the character had been sufficiently explored in the original film, and that it would be difficult to bring something new to the role.
10. From 'Titanic' to 'The Dark Knight'
Christian Bale was one of the first actors to be considered for the iconic role of Jack Dawson in the 1997 blockbuster film "Titanic". Unfortunately, despite his impressive audition, the role ultimately went to Leonardo DiCaprio, who went on to become a household name for his performance in the movie. Bale's career, however, has been no less successful, with the actor having gone on to star in a number of critically acclaimed films, including "The Dark Knight" trilogy and "American Psycho".
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