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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' review: Great acting, cold justice

    'Out of the Furnace' review: Great acting, cold justice
    *** (out of four) When you meet a dude with a tattoo on his throat that reads "Cut throat," you know you are in, uh, rough territory. Russell (Christian Bale) sees this first-hand when he heads from his not-exactly-upscale Pennsylvania steel mill town...
  • 'Out of the Furnace': Revenge tale fueled by strong cast ★★ 1/2

    'Out of the Furnace': Revenge tale fueled by strong cast ★&#9733 1/2
    "Out of the Furnace" is a lot of movie, a lot of it good and pungent. In the first hour especially, its many moving parts keep a sprawling ensemble cast busy and engaged. Christian Bale and Casey Affleck play Russell and Rodney, sons of a dying...
  • Gene Kelly plays way against type in the 1944 noir 'Christmas Holiday'

    Gene Kelly plays <i>way</i> against type in the 1944 noir 'Christmas Holiday'
    Looking over the Siskel Film Center schedule recently, a little-known film from 1944 called "Christmas Holiday" starring Gene Kelly caught my eye. Hang on. Hang on! Gene Kelly made a Christmas movie? How have I missed this? "It's one of the oddest...
  • 'American Hustle' review: Electric lady land

    'American Hustle' review: Electric lady land
    **1/2 (out of four) In early December, the New York Film Critics Circle awarded director/co-writer David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” Best Picture and Best Screenplay. That’s pushing it. Lacking the confidence of Russell’...
  • 'Dallas Buyers Club' review: Don't mess with McConaughey

    'Dallas Buyers Club' review: Don't mess with McConaughey
    *** (out of four) The Matthew McConaughey of “Dallas Buyers Club” is not the muscular, Mr. “all right all right all right” of “Magic Mike,” a performance that contained expert and under-appreciated depth beneath the...
  • Movies that never got made

    Movies that never got made
    Make no small plans. Said Alejandro Jodorowsky. Probably. Certainly, at some point, in the mid-1970s, while the Chilean filmmaker was trying to get his gargantuan Hollywood adaptation of Frank Herbert's science-fiction novel "Dune" off the ground,...
  • Interview: Backstage at WWE's 'Raw' with Aaron Paul

    Interview: Backstage at WWE's 'Raw' with Aaron Paul
    You love Aaron Paul. Drake loves Aaron Paul. The critics love Aaron Paul. But there was no guarantee the hostile, sold-out crowd of 18,000-plus at WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” at Allstate Arena on March 3 would love Aaron Paul. Wrestling...
  • A badly jumbled 'Moment' gets lost in a woman's mind

    A badly jumbled 'Moment' gets lost in a woman's mind
    "The Moment" is a psychological thriller more muddled than the mind and the maze it is caught up in. Director Jane Weinstock, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gloria Norris, is deconstructing a series of traumas that have left one woman catatonic and...
  • Michael Phillips on 2013 screenplays up for Oscars

    Michael Phillips on 2013 screenplays up for Oscars
    Oscar-nominated or not, a screenplay remains a halfway thing until it goes before the cameras. Similarly, a movie is only a movie until the post-screening discussion, whether that discussion takes place in your head, alone, or with strangers in a room. At...
  • 'Gravity,' '12 Years,' 'Hustle' have more in common than Oscar hopes

    'Gravity,' '12 Years,' 'Hustle' have more in common than Oscar hopes
    It isn't like last year, when it was down to "Argo" and "Lincoln," and it was already looking like "Argo." This year's Academy Awards ceremony, to be March 2, feels to me like a tricky three-way scenario among "American Hustle," "Gravity" and "12 Years...
  • Review: 'American Hustle' ★★★★

    Review: 'American Hustle' &#9733;&#9733;&#9733;&#9733
    My favorite minute of movie this year comes early in David O. Russell's "American Hustle." Christian Bale's character, the con man Irving Rosenfeld, based on the real-life Abscam linchpin Mel Weinberg, is riding high: His small-time investment scams,...