Christian Bale, a famous actor from Hollywood, has expressed a strong desire to appear in a cameo capacity in one of the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ films. According to aceshowbiz.com, the actor, who is 48 years old and has been eager to appear in the franchise for a number of years, would be content to simply play a masked stormtrooper with no lines. As a result, he would consider himself extremely “fortunate” if he was offered a part in the movie world which was “more than that.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he stated, “All I ever wanted to do in ‘Star Wars’ was to be in a ‘Star Wars’ uniform and knock my head on a door or something as I walked through.”
“Only true nerds who had seen “Star Wars” an absurdly excessive number of times were aware of the scene in which the Stormtrooper bangs his head on the door as he enters. I aspired to be that individual. That completed the exercise. But look, if I’m lucky enough to be more than that, then man oh man, absolutely. That sounds like it would be such a treat. I still have the figures that I played with when I was a child.”
The actor who plays him in ‘Amsterdam’ is confident that he has the contacts necessary to land his ideal part one day. In addition, he stated, “I also know Kathy Kennedy very well because she was working with Spielberg when I was doing ‘Empire of the Sun,’ and now, she controls the Star Wars world.”
After working together on “The Dark Knight” trilogy and “The Prestige,” it has been more than ten years since Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan have worked together on a project. Bale stated that he would jump at the chance to work with the “extraordinary” director on another project if the opportunity presented itself.
He expressed his desire to work with Chris again by saying, “I would love to do so.” He is an incredible director, and the time I spent working with him was one of the highlights of my career. So, likewise. I have the same sentiments.”
Childhood & Early Life
Christian Bale was born in a family of mixed heritage. His mother, Jenny a circus performer, was English, while his father, David Charles Howard Bale an entrepreneur, commercial pilot, and talent manager by profession, was South African born. He has two sister siblings.
Much of his early years were spent in England, Portugal and United States. He attended Bournemouth School for preliminary education. His mother had an overpowering influence on young Bale who took a keen interest in performing arts.
A child prodigy, he made his debut in front of the camera for a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982. Thereafter, there was no looking back as he was flooded with assignments.
He made a formal debut on stage opposite Rowan Atkinson for the play ‘The Nerd’ in 1984. Two years later, he made his big screen debut playing the character of Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich for the film, ‘Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna’.
A couple of more performances followed, before he achieved his breakthrough with the Steven Spielberg movie, ‘Empire of the Sun’ in 1987.
The movie was a runaway success at the box office, with him earning several awards for his perfect portrayal of the character of Jim Graham.
The overnight stardom and mounting expectations of people backfired as he found it difficult to adjust with the newly-found fame and star status. However, he soon calmed his nerves and featured in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Henry V’ in 1989.
The following year, he was cast for the role of Jim Hawkins for the TV adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic book, ‘Treasure Island’. He starred opposite Charlton Heston.
The decade of 1990 had many releases schedules for him. While ‘Newsies’ bombed at the box office, film adaptation of the classic ‘Little Women’ had him playing a supporting role. His other film releases include, ‘The Portrait of a Lady’, ‘Velvet Goldmine’.
He did a voice role for Thomas, a young compatriot of Captain John Smith, in Disney’s ‘Pocahontas’ in 1994. In 1999, he was part of the huge star cast for Kenneth Branagh’s updated version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
He made his dream run at the box office in the new millennium with the 2000 released film, ‘American Psycho’. Cast for the character of Patrick Bateman, he gave a heroic performance transforming himself completely to meet the demands of the character. The movie gained a cult status.
His versatile acting abilities and infinite talent caught the fancy of directors who cast him for different roles after the supersonic success of ‘American Psycho’. To begin with, he starred as a Greek fisherman in John Madden adaptation of the best-selling novel Captain Corelli’s ‘Mandolin’
His streak of success at the box office virtually ended in 2002 after his three films released for the year failed to make it to the box office, namely, ‘’Laurel Canyon’, ‘Reign of Fire’ and ‘Equilibrium’.
The duds propelled him to go on a year-long sabbatical from films. He returned with a bang with Brad Anderson’s psychological thriller, ‘The Machinist’.
Playing the character of Trevor Reznik, he went deep into it by losing 60 pounds to bring authenticity and realism in his portrayal. This movie too gained a cult status.
Subsequently, he did a voice role in Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’ for the titular character, Howl. The movie was extremely well received by the critics and audience and did an astounding business at the box office.
No sooner he won the title role of ‘Batman’ and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’. The film, unlike its predecessors in the category, was a comprehensive hit with packed theatres worldwide.
His portrayal of the role with complete perfection earned him a couple of awards.
After the success of ‘Batman Begins’, he resumed to feature in independent films. From 2006 until 2008, he appeared in a number of movies such as ‘Harsh Times’, ‘The New World’, ‘Rescue Dawn’, ‘In The Prestige’, ‘I’m Not There’ and ‘Terminator Salvation’
‘Batman Begins’ was followed by its 2008 sequel, ‘The Dark Knight’, which unlike its forerunner was even a greater box office hit. The movie went on to gross over $1 billion at the box office worldwide, making it the fourth-highest grossing movie of that time.
In 2010, he clinched 30 awards including his first Golden Globe and Academy Award for playing the role of Dicky Eklund in David O. Russell-directed drama film, ‘The Fighter’.
In 2011, he appeared in Zhang Yimou’s ‘The Flowers of War’, playing the role of John Miller. A historical drama war film, the movie did an average business at the box office.
The third film of the Batman trilogy series, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was released in 2012, to packed theatres. With this, he became the longest-lasting actor to portray Batman on film to date
His scheduled releases for 2013 and 2014 include, ‘Out of the Furnace’, ‘American Hustle’, ‘Exodus’, ‘Knight of Cups’ and an untitled movie by Terrence Malick .
‘American Psycho’ was a breakthrough movie in the career of this prolific actor. The movie was a resounding success at the box office, drawing about US$34 million. The movie gained a cult status and so did he for portraying the role of Patrick Bateman with deep perfection.
The ‘Batman’ franchise is his magnum opus in his long list of filmography. Each of the movies in the trilogy was a stunning success and a major hit both in US and overseas. While the first film grossed US$370 million worldwide, the second in the series did a business of more than US$1000 million, setting three new U.S. box office records.
The third film too was highly successful and gained about US$1084 million at the box office.
‘The Fighter’ is yet another star film in his filmography. The movie was extremely well received by both the audience and the critics alike. It drew US$129 million at the box office, which is five times the cost of its production. Additionally, the movie won the prestigious Academy Award and Golden Globe award.
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Awards & Achievements
His first ever award victory was for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Empire of the Sun’, for which he won National Board of Review Best Juvenile Performance Award and Young Artist Award.
For playing the role of Batman in the ‘Batman’ franchise, he won a couple of awards including MTV Movie Awards, Empire Awards, Saturn Awards, Scream Awards, People’s Choice Award and so on.
As fas as awards and decorations are concerned, ‘The Fighter’ was his most successful movie, with him bagging 30 awards, 25 of which came in the category of Best Supporting Actor and 5 for Best Ensemble Cast. He won the prestigious Academy Award, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe as well for the film.
Personal Life & Legacy
He tied the marital knot with Sandra “Sibi” Blazic, a former model and make-up artist. The couple has been blessed with a daughter Emmeline.
He is a philanthropist and an activist and actively supports environmental groups such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund.
Christian Bale Movies
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
(Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller)
2. Batman Begins (2005)
3. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
4. Empire of the Sun (1987)
(History, War, Drama)
5. The Prestige (2006)
(Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller)
6. American Psycho (2000)
7. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
(Drama, Crime, Adventure, Western)
8. The Big Short (2015)
(Biography, History, Drama, Comedy)
9. The Fighter (2010)
(Drama, Sport, Biography)
10. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
(Action, Biography, Drama, Sport)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role The Fighter (2010)
Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Vice (2018)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Fighter (2010)