Man Behind The Mask

Christian Bale is a talented actor who can easily morph into any character. But his rise in Hollywood is only part of a bigger picture. Here are 10 things you may not know about the Oscar-winning star.

Out of the Furnace

1

At the age of 13, Bale had his first starring role in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun. He beat out nearly 4,000 boys for the part of Jim "Jamie" Graham.

2

Did you know Bale wasn't the first choice for Patrick Bateman in American Psycho? Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to star, but dropped out allowing Bale to swoop in.

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3

Speaking of DiCaprio, Bale auditioned for his star-making role as Jack in Titanic. Obviously, he lost out but the actors are still pals. DiCaprio's one of the producers of Bale's latest film, Out of the Furnace.

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4

Bale's stepmother is feminist icon Gloria Steinem. She married his dad, David, in 2000. Unfortunately, his father passed away three years later from brain lymphoma. He was 62.

5

The actor met his wife, Sibi Blazic, through Winona Ryder with whom he co-starred in Little Women (1994). They married in 2000 and have one daughter.

6

Bale is notorious for staying in character during shoots. While filming Batman Begins, his trailer's nameplate read "Bruce Wayne" not "Christian Bale."

7

When playing American characters, Bale uses an American accent during interviews for the film. He doesn't want people to get confused by his natural British accent.

8

Bale has starred in two films based on Pocahontas. First, the self-titled Disney animated feature as Thomas, and The New World, where he starred as John Rolfe.

9

Hollywood is in Bale's blood. His grandfather was a body double for John Wayne.

10

Bale is an environmentalist who actively supports groups like Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund.

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