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Christian Bale

Christian Bale
Actor Christian Bale made his critically acclaimed film debut in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."

His breakout role came in 2000 with "American Psycho." Bale played a yuppie serial killer.

Bale is known for his ability to completely transform his body for a role. He lost about 60 pounds to play the lead role in 2004's "The Machinist," and then immediately bulked up for 2005's "Batman Begins."

Off-screen, Bale has become known for his temper. In 2008, he faced assault allegations from his mother and sister. The charges were dropped. Then in 2009, an audio clip from the set of "Terminator Salvation" surfaced, featuring a profanity-laced outburst from Bale.
Actor Christian Bale made his critically acclaimed film debut in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."

His breakout role came in 2000 with "American Psycho." Bale played a yuppie serial killer.

Bale is known for his ability to completely transform his body for a role. He lost about 60 pounds to play the lead role in 2004's "The Machinist," and then immediately bulked up for 2005's "Batman Begins."

Off-screen, Bale has become known for his temper. In 2008, he faced assault allegations from his mother and sister. The charges were dropped. Then in 2009, an audio clip from the set of "Terminator Salvation" surfaced, featuring a profanity-laced outburst from Bale.
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  • 'Out of the Furnace': Christian Bale on not calling 'action'

    'Out of the Furnace': Christian Bale on not calling 'action'
    As an experienced actor himself, "Out of the Furnace" director Scott Cooper is attuned to creating an environment where his cast can thrive. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series, Cooper said it's critical for directors "to create a...
  • 'Out of the Furnace': Christian Bale on loving enough to let go

    'Out of the Furnace': Christian Bale on loving enough to let go
    One of the pivotal scenes in Scott Cooper's new drama "Out of the Furnace" is a conversation on a bridge between Russell Baze (Christian Bale), a blue-collar worker trying to save his troubled war veteran brother, and Baze's girlfriend Lena, played by Zoe...
  • Musician biopics can score, but often languish in development

    Music biopics often seem ubiquitous, but it's not always easy to drum up movies about famous tune-smiths. Take Don Cheadle's in-the-making movie about the jazz trumpet player and composer Miles Davis, which he's been trying to get started for years....
  • 'American Hustle' hauls in Hollywood actors' top prize

    'American Hustle' hauls in Hollywood actors' top prize
    The cast of the 1970s crime caper "American Hustle" grooved its way to the top prize from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday in a key test of the film's Oscar mettle six weeks ahead of a likely competitive race for Academy Awards. "American Hustle"...
  • Predictions in top Golden Globe categories

    When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced its nominations last month, the biggest surprise was that there were no surprises. There were no obvious, ratings-driven nods to celebrities, no left-field recognition to performances no one else found...
  • 'Gravity' leads BAFTA nominations with 11

    Alfonso Cuaron's stranded-in-space thriller "Gravity" received the most nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, earning 11 nominations including for film, actress for Sandra Bullock, director for Cuaron and screenplay for Cuaron and his son,...
  • '12 Years a Slave' receives seven Spirit Award nominations

    Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed, unflinching look at the brutality of slavery in America, earned the most nominations Tuesday for the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film received seven nominations, including best picture,...
  • Oscar nominations 2014: Laying odds on the six major races

    Oscar nominations 2014: Laying odds on the six major races
    We won't have to wait long to see what kind of final decisions Oscar voters will be making out of Thursday's Oscar nominations. This weekend brings the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild awards, with the Directors Guild following on Jan. 25. Those...
  • Beyoncé defies expectations

    Beyonce, "Beyonce" (Columbia) Though she certainly doesn't need the press, Beyonce's self-titled new album is a daring, and notable, pop album. Through 14 tracks and 17 accompanying music videos, the Houston-raised singer proves that she still rules not...
  • 'American Hustle'

    'American Hustle'
    One of the past year's most acclaimed and honored movies reunites director and co-writer David O. Russell with several actors he's worked with before, including Christian Bale and Amy Adams of "The Fighter" and Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper of...
  • Casey Affleck on his 'Out of the Furnace' acting, scrapping and scaring

    Casey Affleck on his 'Out of the Furnace' acting, scrapping and scaring
    Scott Cooper's stark, compelling Rust Belt drama, "Out of the Furnace," which premiered earlier this month at AFI Fest, turns on the relationship between two brothers: Straight-arrow steel mill worker Russell Baze (Christian Bale) and his anguished...