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If you don’t recognize Christian Bale immediately, we would completely understand, because much like Johnny Depp, Christian Bale is also known for taking on some very unique roles that require a complete transformation of his face and body, and we saw the most recent example in Thor: Love and Thunder where he played Gorr, the God Butcher. Over the years, Bale has taken on several roles and has been one of the leading men in Hollywood.
Christian Bale’s career continues with new movies and looks every year; however, he also often talks about wanting to retire and quit Hollywood. Bale is truly one of a kind and we couldn’t imagine our years without new movies of his to watch. Here is everything you need to know about this brilliant and versatile actor:
Christian Bale’s net worth is estimated at $120 million. A good portion of his net worth comes from his salary for his role as Batman in director Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. He earned $9 million for his first appearance in Batman Begins. For the second film, The Dark Knight, he earned $10 million, plus a $20 million performance bonus. In the third and final film, Bale earned a base salary of $15 million. He was offered $50 million to appear in a fourth film and another $50 million to make an appearance in a Justice League film, but he turned down both offers.
Christian Charles Philip Bale was in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, on January 30, 1974. The Bale family left Wales when Christian was only two years old. They relocated to Portugal and Oxfordshire, England, before settling in Bournemouth. Bale has been quoted as saying that his family lived in 15 different towns by the time he was 15, but the frequent relocation was driven by necessity since his mother worked as a clown in a traveling circus. He briefly attended Bournemouth School but left school at age 16. After his parents divorced when he was 17, he moved with his father and his sister Louise to Los Angeles.
Bale trained in ballet as a child, but he did not formally train as an actor. His first role came when he was eight years old, starring in a fabric softener commercial. He appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial, as well. When his sister was cast in a West End musical, he began to consider acting professionally as a career. He participated in plays while in school, eventually landing a role opposite Rowan Atkinson in the West End production of the play The Nerd in 1984.
At age ten, Bale was cast in a minor role in Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna, a 1986 television film based on the assumed disappearance of Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. At the time, the star, Amy Iriving, was married to director Steven Spielberg, and she recommended Bale for his 1987 film Empire of the Sun. He was chosen from over 4,000 actors to portray a British boy in a World War II Japanese internment camp. He was able to speak in an upper-class voice without needing a dialogue coach. Actor and filmmaker Kenneth Branagh persuaded Bale to appear in his film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V in 1989. In 1990, he appeared opposite film legend, Charlton Heston, as Long John Silver in Treasure Island.
In 1994, he portrayed Theodore “Laurie” Laurence in Gillian Armstrong’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, which achieved both critical and commercial success. Next, he voiced the character of Thomas, a young compatriot of Captain John Smith, voiced by Mel Gibson, in Disney’s 1995 animated feature film Pocahontas.
One of Bale’s best-known performances is that as an investment banker and serial killer Patrick Bateman in 2000’s American Psycho, which still has somewhat of a cult following. Bale did not see significant success again until 2005, when he portrayed billionaire Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman, in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. His connection with this reboot, later known as the Dark Knight Trilogy, was one of his greatest commercial and personal successes.
In 2013, Bale was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the role of con artist Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of former US Vice President Dick Cheney in the 2018 biographical comedy-drama Vice. He gained 40 lbs. and shaved his head to portray the politician.
As mentioned before, in July 2022, Bale appeared as the villain Gorr the God Butcher in Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder. Most recently, he has appeared in the period comedy thriller film Amsterdam and the American Gothic horror-mystery film The Pale Blue Eye.
Christian Bale does not have much of a dating history, as he actually met and married his wife fairly early on in his career. In 1999, Christian Bale started dating former model Sandra “Sibi” Blažić, who was Winona Ryder’s personal assistant at the time. They got married in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 29, 2000.
Bale is a notoriously private person, but on occasion, he has opened up about his marriage. In July 2012, he told the Sydney Morning Herald, “Everyone was divorced in my family so I didn’t have very healthy ideas about marriage. Then I met Sibi and suddenly it seemed a fantastic idea.” Bale’s wife sometimes works with him on his films, as well. He told the Wall Street Journal that his wife was a stunt driver while he was working on the Batman films. He said, “She was driving one of the cop cars. She can do 180s and stunts and all that. She terrifies me. My wife terrifies me.” Bale and his wife certainly seem to be #couplegoals if we’ve ever seen them.
Christian Bale’s parents are Jenny, née James, and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer, while his father was an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and animal welfare activist. They divorced in 1991 when Bale was 17. Bale’s father remarried in 2000 to a feminist writer, journalist, and social-political activist Gloria Steinem, making her Bale’s stepmother. They were married until David died of brain lymphoma on December 30, 2003. Bale has two older sisters, Louise and Sharon, as well as an older half-sister from his father’s first marriage, Erin Bale Kreunen. Bale and his wife Sibi Blažić share two children, Emmeline, born in 2005, and Joseph, born in 2014.
We sure hope that Christian Bale sticks around for as long as possible and keeps blessing us with some of the most interesting roles that the big screen has seen so far. Do you have a favorite Bale look? Let us know in the comments!