Christian Bale is an English actor known for his portrayal of Batman in the Dark Knight Trilogy, Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, Trevor Reznik in The Machinist and Dicky Eklund in The Fighter among others. He has a huge net worth and owns some of the coolest and most expensive cars on the market. Bale is married to a former American model and has two children.
Early life and education
Christian Bale was born on 30 Jan 1974, in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire to father David Bale, a commercial pilot, talent manager, and an entrepreneur, and mother, Jenny James. He is Caucasian in ethnicity and holds British nationality.
Bale has three sisters; Louise Bale, Erin Bale, and Sharon Bale. Most of his childhood days were spent in Wales, Dorset and Surrey, and Portugal. He studied in Bournemouth School but left at the early age of sixteen.
In 1991, Bale's parents were divorced. His sister and mother stayed together in Bournemouth, and he shifted with his father to Los Angeles at the age of 17.
Christian Bale began his acting career with a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982. The following year, he made his appearance in a Pac-Man cereal commercial playing a child rock star.
In 1984, Bale made his first stage appearance in the Nerx on London's West End along with Rowan Atkinson.
Christina Bale made his first film appearance as Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia in the television movie Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna in 1986. His portrayal as Jim Graham in the movie Empire of the Sun. The movie got him an award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, as a Juvenile Actor.
Bale has also starred in musical films Newsies and Swing Kids. The latter movie is based on two teenagers who secretly listen to forbidden jazz at the time of the rise of Nazi Germany.
Bale voiced the role of Thomas, in Disney's Pocahontas. He also portrayed Arthur Stuart in Velvet Goldmine.
In 1999, Christian Bale portrayed serial killer Patrick Bateman in the movie, American Psycho. The movie was directed by Mary Harron's as an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel. He was shortly dropped from the project because of Leonardo DiCaprio. However, DiCaprio left the project to do The Beach, and Christian Bale was featured again.
On 14 April 2000, American Psycho was released by Lions Gate Films in cinemas. He was also offered to make a cameo appearance in another adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis.
From 2003-2004, Christian Bale did three films; Laurel Canyon, his second collaboration with actress Kate Beckinsale, Reign of Fire and Equilibrium.
Bale's film Reign of Fire was his first big action vehicle movie compared to his previous works. The movie had an immense budget of US$95,000,000. He played the lead Quinn Abercromby. Bale trained for his character by working out and boxing.
Bale's third movie Equilibrium saw him John Preston, an elite law enforcer, and a dystopian society. The movie also featured a martial art form known as Gun Kata, which is a combination of gunfighting with hand-to-hand combat.
After a two-year-long hiatus, Bale made his comeback in 2004 portraying Trevor Reznik, the main character in the psychological thriller movie The Machinist. He gained huge attention for his dedication to the role and the lengths to which he went to gain Reznik's appearance.
The Dark Knight Trilogy
As per some reports, Bale initially auditioned for Robin in Batman Forever but lost to Chris O'Donnell. This rumor was later dispelled by Bale in 2008 magazine interview.
In 2004, after his movie The Machinist, Bale won the lead role of Batman, and his alter ego Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. Bale has also reprised the role of Batman in the sequel The Dark Knight.
Bale trained in the Keysi Fighting Method for his stunts in the movie. The film was released on 18 July 2008, in the U.S. Second installment of the movie, The Dark Knight Rises released on 20 July 2012, establishing him as the Batman of the era.
The movie was a financial success and critical success, it made $1 billion worldwide. At present, the movie is considered as the tenth highest-grossing film, and the third highest-grossing film released in 2012.
After The Dark Knight Trilogy, Bale started acting in independent movies again. He featured as one of the two leads in David Ayer-helmed crime drama Harsh Times. The drama released on 10 November 2006 and premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2006, Christian Bale signed four projects. He portrayed U.S. Fighter pilot Dieter Dengler in the movie, Rescue Dawn. The movie was written and directed by German filmmaker Werner Herzog. He played Dieter Dengler who fought for his life after getting shot on a mission during Vietnam War.
Bale's another movie The Prestige is an adaptation of Christopher Priest's novel about the rivalry between two Victorian stage magic performers. Christian Bale was reunited with his co-star from Batman Begins, Michael Caine, and Christopher Nolan the movie director. He was cast alongside Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Piper Perabo, and Hugh Jackman in the movie.
Bale's other notable works in the period include his portrayal of John Connor in Terminator Salvation and FBI agent Melvin Purvis in Michael Mann's Public Enemies.
Terminator Salvation Incident
In 2008 July, Christian Bale became angry on the sets of Terminator Salvation. He was filming in New Mexico at the time. In Feb 2009, the audio recording of the incident was revealed. The tirade was directed at Shane Hurlbut, director of the photography for the movie.
According to Bale, Hurlbut ruined his concentration by walking onto the set during a scene for the second time. The recording was of Bale, directing profanities at Hurlbut, belittling him and scaring him, finally threatening to quit the project if Hurlbut repeated the offense without being fired for it.
During an interview with E! Online, Bruce Franklin, assistant director, and producer of Terminator Salvation said it was an isolated incident. He stated,
''If You are working in a very intense scene and someone takes you out of your groove... It was the most emotional scene in the movie... and for him to get stopped in the middle of it. He is very intensely involved in his character. He didnt walk around like that all day long. It was just a moment and it stopped.''
After staying silent, for few weeks, Christian made a public apology on 6th Feb 2009, to Los Angeles radio station, KROQ, saying that reaction was ''inexcusable.''
Christian Bale played alongside Mark Wahlberg in the 2010 drama movie, The Fighter as Dicky Eklund. To prepare for the role, Bale lost 30 pounds of his then weight. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and over thirty other awards in 2011 for his work in the movie.
In December 2010, it was announced that Christian Bale would feature in the historical drama war film, The Flowers of War. At the time of filming in 2011, Christian Bale and a crew from CNN went to visit Chen Guangcheng who is a blind barefoot lawyer under home arrest for his activity against China's One Child Policy.
While the crew was filming, Christian Bale was shoved, punched, and denied by the Chinese security who did not recognize him. He later added that he wanted to meet the man, shake his hand praising him for his inspirational work.
Christian Bale's another popular work includes his portrayal of Michael Burry in Adam McKay's The Big Short. The film is based on the book with the same name written by Michael Lewis, about financial problems.
Christian Bale is a married man. He married Sandra 'Sibi' Blazic, former American model, make-up artist, and personal assistant to actress Winona Ryder. From their marriage, the couple has two children; daughter Emmaline, and son Joseph.
Currently, Bale lives a happy life with his wife and children in Los Angeles. In 2010, he applied for US citizenship.
He is a supporter of environmental groups such as Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Greenpeace, and the World Wildlife Fund.
On 22nd July 2008, Christian Bale had to go to a police station in London. He was arrested for an allegation of assault on his sister and mother at Dorchester hotel. When his sister and mother called the authorities, Bale was held for more than four hours and released on bail.
After Bale was released on bail, he denied all the allegations. On 14 Aug, British police declared that they will take no action against him. The charges were dismissed because they had no evidence.
Christian Bale stands the height of 1.8 meters. He has earned a huge amount of money from his successful career as an actor. As of 2018, Bale's total net worth is estimated to be $80 million.
Christian Bale's movie, American Psycho grossed $1,000,000. He portrayed the role of serial killer Patrick Bateman. The movie is an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel.
Bale's appearance as Trevor Reznik in The Machinist earned him $250,000. The movie grossed $8.2 million worldwide. The following year he made his first appearance as a Batman in Batman Begins. He earned $9,000,000 from the movie.
The DarkKnight earned him $10,000,000. The movie grossed $1 billion worldwide. The highest Bale earned from a movie was $15 million, from the 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises. The movie grossed $1.085 billion at the box office.
Christian Bale owns a house in Brentwood. The house covers 8,081sq ft. He bought the house for $8.8 million. The house includes a stone pathway leading to all of the white front doors that open to a big entrance hall.
The house also consists living rooms with graphic fireplace and a dining room with bronze chandelier and chairs. It also has a library and a pingpong table and a home theater. Altogether, there are 7 bathrooms and six bedrooms.
Bale's another house in Santa Monica is worth $13,500,000. The property covers 8.5 acres and consists a single-story main house in 4000sq ft, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a big sparkling pool, and dozens of mature trees and horse stables.
Christian Bale has pretty cool rides as well. His cars include Toyota Tacoma($43,000), Lamborgini aventador($393,695), Ferrari 599 Sa Aperta($1.6 million), BMW 3251($43,000), Ducati($13,990).