We all had a crush on Drew Barrymore at some point, but for Bale, this crush actually had to do with real life. When he was 13 and acted in “Empire of the Sun,” 12-year-old Barrymore visited Steven Spielberg – her godfather, in case you didn’t know – on the film set.
Bale was absolutely smitten and fell head over heels for her. Awww.
First Time on Stage
Before he starred in movies, at the very beginning of his yet-to-be-mind-blowing romance with acting, one of Bale's first encounters with the craft was actually on stage.
His first stage role was in 1984 when he took part in the West End play "The Nerd" alongside none other than actor Rowan Atkinson. We'd actually love to see another collab between those two!
While many actors have stunt doubles, Bale is not the type to let someone else do the risky job for him. He actually performed all his Batman stunts himself, which we think is definitely noteworthy.
However, for reasons we will never understand, Bale was never allowed to go near the Batmobile. How is that fair? Like, isn't that the whole point of playing Batman?
His Friendship With Heath Ledger
Not everyone knows that Bale and the late Heath Ledger were close friends. The two became friends in 2007 after they both played the role of Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There." Their relationship became even stronger when they reunited in "The Dark Knight."
We think we might be able to imagine what conversations involving those two looked like, and there's nothing we would have loved more than being a fly on the wall in one of them.
First Time on Film
TV movies are nothing to be ashamed of, but for major Hollywood superstars, they aren't exactly sought-after projects. Anyway, for young Christian Bale, films labeled "made for TV" were fair game; and so, his very first film role was in the TV movie "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna."
Well, the year was 1986 and he was only 14, so we think that's not too shabby.