Blast from the past

All the times Christian Bale was real AF


Christian Bale is not your typical movie star. Well aside of some very public altercations with his family, he’s been a model citizen in Hollywood. A talented child actor turned extremely talented and versatile auteur of the craft, Bale has been a presence in movies for 30 years now.

Bale may got his breakthrough role in Steven Spielberg movie, but since the late 80’s he’s been most sought after and bankable actors of his generation. Academy Award winner and one of the last method actors currently working, he’s actually notorious about his private life. Think about it. He’s never been to rehab, he’s never had any sex scandals or sordid affairs with the Hollywood starlets. Actually he’s known to have one of the most solid marriages and he and his wife has been going strong together for almost 18 years.

If you take a good look at his professional life, you’ll notice the recurring collaboration with directors like Christopher Nolan, Terrence Malick and Adam McKay. You’ll also notice his ability to transform into every character, gain or lose weight (as a fucking joke), master any accent and to dive into the characters he plays with a chameleon like abilities.

But the most striking and outstanding thing you’ll notice is all the moves in which Christian Bale played a real life character. A person that actually existed and in one such instance he even was awarded with an Academy Award. He’s yet to portray the Ex – vice president of USA, Dick Chaney in the Adam Mckay’s biopic Backseat. Sure he was Batman, Moses and Patrick Bateman but for now I want to focus on the real people he portrayed.

Or as I like to call that… All the times Christian Bale was real AF.

Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986)

Director: James Goldman
Real person that Christian plays in the film: Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia.
Fun fact about the movie: Amy Irving was so impressed with Christian Bale that she recommended him to her then-husband Steven Spielberg, who was casting the lead for his next project, Empire of the Sun (1987). Spielberg gave Bale the lead role, and while the film received mixed reviews, Bale was universally praised.

The New World (2005)

Director: Terrence Malick
Real person that Christian plays in the film: John Rolfe (Pocahonta’s husband).
Fun fact about the movie: Terrence Malick was so intent on this movie being authentic that he told the actors to do as the characters would. On his breaks, Christian Bale would even sit in John Rolfe’s chair and smoke a pipe, and Q’orianka Kilcher did Algonquian dances.

Rescue Dawn (2006)

Director: Werner Herzog
Real person that Christian plays in the film: Dieter Dengler (German-born United States Navy aviator during the Vietnam War and later a private aircraft test pilot and commercial airline pilot).
Fun fact about the movie: Those are real worms Christian Bale is eating.

Public Enemies (2009)

Director: Michael Mann
Real person that Christian plays in the film: Melvin Purvis- an American law enforcement official and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who tracked such bank robbers as Baby Face Nelson, John Dillinger, and Pretty Boy Floyd.
Fun fact about the movie: Marion Cotillard and Christian Bale appeared in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

The Fighter (2010)

Director: David O. Russel
Real person that Christian plays in the film: Dick “Dicky” Eklund. An American former professional boxer in the Welterweight division.
Fun fact about the movie: Christian Bale reportedly lost weight to achieve the very thin frame of Dicky Eklund by eating very little. He even went missing for hours at a time in preparation for his role.

The Big Short (2015)

Director: Adam McKay
Real person that Christian plays in the film: Michael Burry. An American physician, investor, and hedge fund manager.
Fun fact about the movie: According to Adam McKay, Christian Bale injured his knee badly just before filming started. McKay wanted to use a double for Bale’s drumming and swimming scenes, but Bale insisted on doing the scenes himself. McKay eventually agreed, but when he shot the drumming scenes, he brought in two doctors for the duration of the shoot, ready to perform in case anything happened to Bale.

Backseat (2018)

Director: Adam McKay
Real person that Christian plays in the film: Dick Cheney, 46th Vice President of the United States
Fun fact about the movie: Christian Bale said he achieved his hefty physique for the film by eating a lot of pies.


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