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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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  • Review: 'American Hustle' ★★★★

    Review: 'American Hustle' ★★★&#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,...
  • '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’...
  • Abscam and 'American Hustle' have Baltimore lineage

    Abscam and 'American Hustle' have Baltimore lineage
    The 1970s corruption investigation known as Abscam, celebrated in "American Hustle," one of the holiday season's hottest movies, had its roots in Baltimore. It was in Charm City that the FBI tested the sting-style operation that marked Abscam as a...
  • '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...
  • '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...
  • Casting for trouble

    Casting for trouble
    Casting a big movie, as Thomas Edison might've said under different career circumstances, is one percent satisfaction and 99 percent aggravation. And the general public is right 100 percent of the time. Take Ben Affleck, or as the general public cried...
  • Peek into Oscars crystal ball

    Peek into Oscars crystal ball
    "Oh my God, this is a disaster. Now what are we going to do?" lamented one studio publicist handling a bunch of nominees and potential winners. No, he wasn't talking about the WGA strike or the Super Tuesday primary results. It was the just-announced...
  • Screenings shine bright with stars

    Screenings shine bright with stars
    Jack is back! Warner Bros. had to turn away at least 50 Screen Actors Guild members at an overflowing screening of "The Bucket List" at the TV Academy in North Hollywood last night. About 600 strong filled every seat and then some for the rare – and...
  • Random thoughts on Batman

    There is a very serious condition in Pittsburgh right now.  It’s an infection called Batman-mania, and it’s spreading all around the city like Arizona wild fires.    Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt a little like a war correspondent...