After directing Bale in “Empire of the Sun,” director Steven Spielberg seems to have kept in touch with the up-and-coming actor, at least for a while there.
When Bale was filming “Newsies” in Germany, Spielberg happened to have been in the area since he was filming “Schindler’s List” at the same time, and he came to visit him on the set. That’s sweet!
Can't Stand the Heath
While Christian was close friends with Heath Ledger, this doesn't mean that there wasn't some healthy competition in the air. After all, they were both super successful actors, and they both played together in the same film trilogy.
Bale confessed that Ledger's performance as the Joker kind of made him feel like a failure about his own performance. We think there's room for more than one great actor in the Dark Knight trilogy, but we can relate to the insecurity.
Bale may not be proud of it – in fact, we're pretty sure he explicitly said he is anything but – but he had acted in the musical film "Newsies" back in the day. Other than that, in his early days as an actor, he also starred in the movie "Swing Kids," dealing with teenagers in pre-WWII Germany who listened to jazz music even though it was forbidden.
Hey, it's no shame to admit you like playing in films that have to do with music, Chris.
A Private Mourner
When actor and close friend Heath Ledger passed away, Bale was a wreck. Not only was he completely dysfunctional – which is completely natural when you witness a tragic passing of a close friend – he was also extremely private about it, avoiding the press and not showing up to any celebrity tribute commemorating Ledger.
Bale was quoted saying that he sees grief as something private, that you don't do in public. We can totally respect that.
A True Shapeshifter
Not many actors are willing to do as much as Christian Bale is willing to do for a role, and we're not overstating anything. In order to play Irving Rosenfeld in the movie "American Hustle," Bale didn't only gain 43 pounds (we already know he's good at that), but also shaved his head and slouched to make himself 3 inches shorter, for which he ended up with a herniated disc.
Bale had changed his appearance to such an extent that Robert De Niro, who also played in the movie, didn't even recognize him. We're speechless.