Welsh-born actor and critic darling Christian Bale is known for his obsessive dedication to perfection and flawless character portrayals. He took a page out of fellow actor Daniel Day-Lewis’ playbook of going above and beyond, borrowing the method of virtually becoming his characters on and off screen for the duration of a film’s production and promotion. Bale began as a child star at age 13 in the movie ‘Empire of the Sun,’ and he gradually clawed his way to the A-list with memorable performances in ‘American Psycho’ and ‘The Fighter,’ for which he won an Oscar. In 2004, Bale risked his health by losing a shocking amount of weight in order to play a skeletal insomniac in ‘The Machinist.’ Immediately after the film was released, Bale scored the role of the titular superhero in Christopher Nolan’s gritty reboot of the Batman franchise. To effectively play the dark knight, the emaciated actor packed on 60 pounds in 2 months. Now THAT is commitment to one’s craft!
Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor. Best known for his roles in American films, Bale has starred in blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye at the age of 13, when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987). Based on the original story by J. G. Ballard, Bale played an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. In 2000, he garnered acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Bale went on to receive greater commercial recognition for his role as Bruce Wayne / Batman in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
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