Christian Bale

BATD ON Jun 30, 2009 AT 2:43 pm

Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Christian Bale’s short fuse has been the subject of many tabloid headlines, but it’s his terrific acting ratings that keep him on director’s good sides and slated for more riveting films later this year. His recent outburst at photography director Shame Hurlbut might just be an indicator of how passionate he needs to be on-screen in order to portray his characters. For instance, Bale took personal attachment in movies to a new level when he became nearly skeletal for his role as Trevor in The Machinist.

Christian Charles Phillip Bale was born in Dicot of Wales to South African parents, and is the youngest of four. He attended Bournemouth School in England, where he was an avid rugby player. Bale’s chaotic childhood was partly due to his mother’s free spirit, a circus performer and clown. He even remembers his first kiss as with an acrobat. Bale’s father’s passion for traveling gave Bale a nomadic lifestyle; Christian said by the time he was 15 he probably lived in as many cities.

Bale first broke into the acting business with a fabric softener commercial in 1982. A year later he was the face of Pac-Man cereal. He acted in a handful of budget films before hitting his big break in the millennium. In 2004, Bale received rave reviews for his sickly appearance in The Machinist, and shortly after was named the next Batman. Jake Gyllenhaal vied for the part, but directors preferred Bale’s intense personality. Batman Begins (2008), a sequel to the famous original, gave Bale stardom that started and ended overnight.

Christian Bale on the red carpet

Christian Bale on the red carpet

Then and now, Bale is still elusive on the red carpet. He doesn’t have a TV career or a name that resonates with superhero. His sudden rise to fame shocked British and American viewers. Even more surprising, though, was Bale’s failure as a child actor by the age of 17. The only ones to witness his incredible talent at first were his father, and the American Psycho audience (2000). Show business was etched in Bale’s family history; his father was John Wayne’s body double in the film Hatari (1962) and his grandmother was a stand-up comedian. Bale’s sisters followed suit; Louise Bale is an established actress and award-winning director.

Along with a love for acting and the drive to make it in a cutthroat industry, Bale inherited a deep concern for environment and animal rights. He attended many conventions as a boy and today contributes to a handful of charities. A hunk who campaigns for elephants in Rwanda instead of for his next film; what could be cuter?

As little as we know about the mysterious Christian Bale, a few things are sure: he will keep pushing to top the charts with his next explosive film (Coraline), and he won’t listen to his mother…or anyone else. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

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