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Christian Bale

FULL NAME Christian Bale
BORN January 30, 1974, Pembrokeshire, West Wales, UK
ASSOCIATION Actor
NATIONALITY British
REVIEWED ENTRIES 18
MAX. RATING

MIN. RATING

AVERAGE RATING 4.03
STRENGTHS
  • Ability to convey both extreme masculinity and sensitivity
  • His enigmatic presence
  • Speaking abilities - has an uncanned ear for accents

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1987 Empire of the Sun Jim Graham

½

1987 Mio min Mio Jum-Jum

1993 Swing Kids Thomas

1994 Little Women Laurie

½

2000 American Psycho Patrick Bateman

2002 Laurel Canyon Sam

½

2002 Equilibrium John Preston

½

2004 The Machinist / El maquinista Trevor Reznik

2005 Batman Begins Bruce Wayne/Batman

½

2005 The New World John Rolfe

2006 The Prestige Alfred Borgen

½

2006 Rescue Dawn Lt. Dieter Dengler

½

2007 3:10 to Yuma Dan Evans

2008 The Dark Knight Bruce Wayne/Batman

½

2009 Public Enemies Melvin Purvis

½

2010 The Fighter Dicky Eklund

2013 American Hustle Irving Rosenfeld

½

2015 The Big Short Dr. Michael Burry

½

 

PORTRAIT

There's something deeply enigmatic about Christian Bale's presence, and in later years he's made the most of exploring it. But behind the mask is a quite regular, Welsh young man that gained instant fame when being cast (among thousands of contestants) for the lead role in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987). Coming from obscurity into stardom at the age of 13, Bale has lived most of his life as a celebrity, but he chose his following roles wisely in the years after his breakthrough. For instance, he relucted to do many Hollywood movies, and grew up under relatively normal circumstances in England and Portugal.

Bale's rise to grown-up stardom begun when Winona Ryder hand-picked him for the role of Laurie in Little Women (1994), and although he didn't land too many great roles in his early twenties, there was never any doubt that his talent and presence would some day make him one of the most sought after leads in the business. After his fantastic performance in Mary Harron's American Psycho, Bale's offers increased instantly, and he's now set to star as Batman in the new film about the superhero.

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

2010

Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter

2013

 

Nominated for Actor for American Hustle

2015

 

Nominated for Supporting Actor for The Big Short

 

WHAT DO THE CRITICS SAY?

Empire of the Sun

"Jeg trekker frem Bales prestasjon som enestående. Hans skuespill vokser betraktlig gjennom hele filmen - med et klart høydepunkt i avslutningscenen." - Fredrik Fevang

"Life on earth is not so enjoyable for the boy, whose name is Jim, and who is played by Christian Bale with a kind of grim poetry that suggests a young Tom Courtenay." - Roger Ebert

 

Swing Kids

"Bale er kanskje den mest allsidig unge skuespiller for tiden (her legger han om aksenten og bytter ut sjarmen med en noe kulten karakter)" - Fredrik Fevang

 

Little Women

"Pluss også til waliseren Christian Bale (her helt uten sin hjemlige aksent) som er en ung skuespiller med litt andre kvaliteter enn vanlig i disse TV-serie dager." - Fredrik Fevang

 

American Psycho

"I motsetning til klassiske portretter av galninger på film, er det ikke de typiske 'psycho'-scenene som er Bales mest fremstående oppnåelse med rollen." - Fredrik Fevang

 

QUOTES

"It was horrific. I was almost crying in interviews and running away during press conferences, pretending I was going to the bathroom and just disappearing." - on dealing with the resulting media attention of Empire of the Sun at age 13.

"The character is so vain and obsessed with his looks. While the psychology of the character was something that I could perform, you can't fake the physicality. Being English, I tend to enjoy going down to the pub far more than going to the gym, so it was very unnatural for me. I just had to convince myself that I loved it, which was the most difficult thing about playing this part. Working out is incredibly boring. I swear its true that the bigger your muscles get, the fewer brain cells you have. I found I had to stop thinking when I was in the gym because if I thought about it, I'd realize how ridiculous it was that I was pumping iron when I could've been out having a drink and a cigarette and enjoying some lunch. I did three hours a day for six weeks with a personal trainer and some time before that. I ate an awful lot during training and then almost nothing during filming." - On his transformation into Patrick Bateman for American Psycho.

"The only thing that I'm obsessed with is sleeping and, actually, it is more than an obsession, it is a pleasure. I love sleeping so much that I could do it 12 hours a day if I didn't have to turn on the alarm clock...and still, sometimes..."

 

 

CHARACTER QUOTES

American Psycho

Patrick Bateman (Bale): "You're a fucking ugly bitch. I want to stab you to death, and then play around with your blood."

[Just after breaking up] 
Evelyn Williams (Witherspoon): "Where are you going?"
Patrick Bateman (Bale): "I am just leaving."
Evelyn Williams (Witherspoon): "But where?" 
Patrick Bateman (Bale): "I have to return some videotapes."

Evelyn Williams: "You're inhuman."
Patrick Bateman: "No... .I'm in touch with humanity."

Jean (Chloe Sevigny): "What's that?"
Patrick Bateman (Bale): "Duct tape. I need it for... taping something."