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Christian Bale

Christian Bale
Actor Christian Bale made his critically acclaimed film debut in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."

His breakout role came in 2000 with "American Psycho." Bale played a yuppie serial killer.

Bale is known for his ability to completely transform his body for a role. He lost about 60 pounds to play the lead role in 2004's "The Machinist," and then immediately bulked up for 2005's "Batman Begins."

Off-screen, Bale has become known for his temper. In 2008, he faced assault allegations from his mother and sister. The charges were dropped. Then in 2009, an audio clip from the set of "Terminator Salvation" surfaced, featuring a profanity-laced outburst from Bale.
Actor Christian Bale made his critically acclaimed film debut in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."

His breakout role came in 2000 with "American Psycho." Bale played a yuppie serial killer.

Bale is known for his ability to completely transform his body for a role. He lost about 60 pounds to play the lead role in 2004's "The Machinist," and then immediately bulked up for 2005's "Batman Begins."

Off-screen, Bale has become known for his temper. In 2008, he faced assault allegations from his mother and sister. The charges were dropped. Then in 2009, an audio clip from the set of "Terminator Salvation" surfaced, featuring a profanity-laced outburst from Bale.
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  • Reel Critics: 'Furnace' a searing vision

    Reel Critics: 'Furnace' a searing vision
    Bleak, depressing but powerful, "Out of the Furnace" throws you into the smoldering fire of hard people in hard times. Christian Bale and Casey Affleck are outstanding as blue-collar brothers Russell and Rodney Baze. They live a depressing existence in the dying Rust Belt of western Pennsylvania.
  • Reel Critics: Between two worlds

    Reel Critics: Between two worlds
    A major studio making a movie about one of its own blockbuster hits sounds like a bad idea. The potential for self congratulation is obvious. But "Saving Mr. Banks" is a worthy Disney project that entertains on its own merits. Tom Hanks and Emma...

    Reel Critics: Ferrell can't 'Anchor' this sequel

    Reel Critics: Ferrell can't 'Anchor' this sequel
    I enjoyed Will Ferrell's first turn as Ron Burgundy, the foolish and pompous newscaster from the 1970s. In "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," he amplifies the inappropriate behavior and comments of his character to new levels of asinine conduct and...

    Reel Critics: 'Fighter' an edgy, true-life tale with knockout power

     Reel Critics: 'Fighter' an edgy, true-life tale with knockout power
    Like a boxer who gets floored, I was knocked out by the energy and Oscar-worthy ensemble acting in "The Fighter." This is more than a terrific boxing movie — this is a story of family dynamics, redemption and love; a true-life and edgier "Rocky."...

    Reel Critics: The year on the silver screen

    Reel Critics: The year on the silver screen
    Suzanne Perez's picks for best and worst movies of 2010: Favorite Films 1. "The Social Network" — A real-life geek inherits the Earth. Aaron Sorkin's quicksilver dialogue and Jesse Eisenberg's acting delivery are superb. 2. "The Kids Are...