Knowledge Identifier: +Christian_Bale
In 1984, he made his stage debut in "The Nerd", opposite Rowan Atkinson
The attention the press and his schoolmates lavished upon him after this took a toll on Bale, and he contemplated giving up acting until Kenneth Branagh approached him and persuaded him to appear in "Henry V" in 1989
In 1990, he played the role of Jim Hawkins opposite Charlton Heston in "Treasure Island", an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic book
Kate Beckinsale - In 1994, she appeared as Christian Bale's love interest in "Prince of Jutland", a film based on the Danish legend which inspired Shakespeare's "Hamlet", and starred in the murder mystery "Uncovered"
Bale provided the voice for Thomas, a young compatriot of Captain John Smith, in Disney's "Pocahontas" and in 1997 played Arthur Stuart in "Velvet Goldmine", Todd Haynes' tribute to glam rock
American Psycho - A film adaptation starring Christian Bale was released in 2000 to generally favorable reviews
Bret Easton Ellis - As an in-joke reference to Bateman being portrayed by Christian Bale in the then-in-production 2000 film adaptation, the actor himself briefly appears as a background character
Gloria Steinem - On September 3, 2000, at age 66, Steinem married David Bale, father of actor Christian Bale
Brad Anderson (director) - This was followed by his most notable work to date, 2004's "The Machinist", starring Christian Bale
Diana Wynne Jones - A version dubbed in English was released in the UK and US in 2005, with the voice of Howl performed by Christian Bale
Bale's performance was well received by critics and fans alike, earning him the Saturn award for Best Actor and the Best Hero award at the 2006 MTV Movie awards
Eva Longoria - In 2006, she played the character Sylvia in "Harsh Times" starring Freddy Rodriguez and Christian Bale
Batman Begins - The film was *awarded three Saturn *awards in 2006 as well: Best Fantasy Film, Best Actor for Christian Bale, and Best Writing for Nolan and Goyer
Charlton Heston - Heston's funeral was held a week later on April 12, 2008, in a ceremony which was attended by 250 people including Nancy Reagan and Hollywood stars such as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia de Havilland, Keith Carradine, Pat Boone, Tom Selleck, Oliver Stone , Rob Reiner, and Christian Bale
The Fighter - Production proceeded with filming set to begin October 2008 and Christian Bale replacing Brad Pitt
McG - Although he promised fans that he would bring back credibility to the franchise, with the casting of Christian Bale and the personal talk with James Cameron, the film, released on May 21, 2009 in the United States and Canada, received the most negative reception out of all the films in the series
The Fighter - Richard Corliss of "Time Magazine" named Christian Bale's performance one of the Top 10 Movie Performances of 2010, saying "In a little festival of tart, savory performances, notably from Melissa Leo as the boys' mother and Amy Adams as Micky's girlfriend, Bale shines the brightest, because he knows that no character, however depraved his status, is only a "monster"
Dicky Eklund - At the 2011 Screen Actors Guild *awards, Eklund made a surprise appearance on stage with Christian Bale as the latter accepted the *award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Eklund
Chen Guangcheng - In December 2011, actor Christian Bale attempted to visit Chen along with a CNN crew, but was punched, shoved, and denied access by Chinese security guards
In early 2012, it was confirmed that Bale was portraying the character Russell Baze in Scott Cooper's upcoming thriller "Out of the Furnace"