One of a few almost-roles in Bale’s resume was the part of Secret Service agent James Bond in the movie “Casino Royale.” Bale was a major candidate for the role of 007, but it eventually went to actor Daniel Craig.
We, for one, would have loved seeing Bale sticking it to the bad guys and getting the girl (not necessarily in that order). Too bad.
Willing to Get Punched for Activism
When Bale was filming "The Flowers of War" in 2011, he went, along with a CNN crew, to visit Chen Guangcheng, who was on house arrest due to his activism against China's One-Child Policy.
But the attempt didn't go very smoothly, as Christian ended up being punched and shoved by a large group of Chinese security guards who tried to keep him from getting in. And it was all caught on video. Ouch.
Apparently, for his part as Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho," Bale drew inspiration from no other than actor Nicolas Cage! To be precise, he observed Cage's acting in the 1988 film "Vampire's Kiss," and somehow based his interpretation of Bateman on that.
We love great actors who aren't afraid of learning from other great actors. So humbling, don't you think?
A "Terminator" Fan
Getting to play a role in a film that belongs to a franchise you're a fan of might just be the definition of a dream come true. This actually happened to Christian Bale when he was cast to play the role of John Conor in "Terminator: Salvation" in 2009.
Being a huge fan of the Terminator movies beforehand, it must have been a very big deal for him back then.
Psycho Killer, Que'est-Ce Que C'est?
One of the most random records we've heard of in a while is held not by Christian Bale himself, but by one of his film characters. According to the website moviebodycount.com, Bale's character in the movie "Equilibrium," John Preston, has conducted the third-highest number of on-screen kills in one movie.
Just in case you were wondering, the exact number is 118. There are disagreements about the quality of the movie, not being the best, and not reflecting Bale's true acting capabilities. Oh well.