10 Things you don’t know about Out of the Furnace’s Christian Bale

Dec 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET

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


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.


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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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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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

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