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"You fancy my acting prowess, huh? OH, GOOD FOR YOU!!"

A Welsh-born actor (raised mainly in Southern England), Christian Bale is a former child star turned very versatile leading man, with a reputation for taking any role that challenged him. He's also known for being willing to radically transform his body for a role; he lost 63 pounds for The Machinist, immediately gained it back and then some (100) to play everyone's favorite masked vigilante in Batman Begins, then went skeletal again to star in Rescue Dawn, then gained it back for The Dark Knight, then went skeletal again to star in The Fighter. And now they're working on a third Batman film. Undoubtably, Bale is the most physically chameleonic actor since Lon Chaney.

Bale's most famous role prior to the Batman films was his performance as Patrick Bateman in the film adaptation of American Psycho.

Although he likes to keep details of his personal life away from the public eye, he's not immune to some controversy. In 2008 he was charged for (verbal) assault on his mother and sister, but he denied the allegations and the charges were dropped on the grounds of lack of evidence.

On February 2009, an audio recording of Bale's lengthy tirade on the set of Terminator Salvation, in which he verbally assaulted Director of Photography Shane Hurlburt for wandering about during the shooting of a pivotal scene one time too many, was leaked online. Following the leak, Bale issued a public apology, saying that his actions were "inexcusable" and that he "acted like a punk"; prior to the leak, Bale and Hurlburt talked out their problems almost immediately after the rant.

The rant was turned into various dance mixes, the most famous of them being "Bale Out" by RevoLucian (with an obligatory unauthorized guest spot by Barbra Streisand), which is quite an Ear Worm.

Christian Bale has performed in the following roles:

(Yes, yes he did, in fact, play both Jesus and Batman).

Christian Bale provides examples of the following tropes: