January 30, 1974
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Christian Bale’s Very First Big Screen Role:
In 1987 Steven Spielberg cast the then unknown Christian Bale as the star of his epic drama Empire of the Sun.
According to Wealthy Genius Christian Bale has an estimated net worth of $80 million dollars.
How much did Christian Bale make for Batman?
Bale was paid $10 million, plus another $20 million bonus, for The Dark Knight, in The Dark Knight Rises his salary was $15 million. However, he turned down a $50 million payday to appear in a fourth Batman film and/or a Justice League movie.
Christian Bale’s known for his uncanny ability to master accents. He’s also known to drop an enormous amount of weight when called on to do so for a role. Bale lost a incredible 63 pounds to play the role of an industrial worker with mental problems in Brad Anderson’s The Machinist.
Christian Bale’s full name is Christian Charles Philip Bale. He has three older sisters and married Sibi Blazic in 2000.
A Bit of Trivia:
Entertainment Weekly dubbed Christian Bale one of the most ‘important cult figures of the past decade’ years prior to his becoming an A-list movie star thanks to Batman Begins. He won his first much-deserved Oscar for his role in David O. Russell’s The Fighter in 2010.
Since 1987 Bale has appeared in more than 2 dozen feature films. Among the best of the batch are Newsies, Swing Kids, Velvet Goldmine, American Psycho, Laurel Canyon, Reign of Fire, The Machinist, Harsh Times, Batman Begins, The New World, Rescue Dawn, 3:10 to Yuma, I’m Not There, The Dark Knight, Terminator Salvation, Public Enemies, The Fighter, and The Dark Knight Rises.
Heading Up Franchises:
Bale’s performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight reinvigorated the franchise, and earned him high praise from critics and audiences worldwide. In 2007, Bale was cast as John Connor in the rebirth of another film franchise, Terminator Salvation.
In the News:
In July 2008 Bale made headlines when he was accused of assaulting his mother and sister. The charges were later dropped but not before Bale endured a round of negative publicity at the same time as the release of The Dark Knight.
In January 2009 Bale was back in the news in a negative fashion as an audiotape of a tirade he went on against Terminator Salvation‘s director of photography was released to the media. Warning: If you choose to listen to the tape, be prepared for plenty of (as in 36) f-bombs.