Christian Bale has been my favourite actor since I was 13 years old when a friend introduced me to Empire of the Sun. I can repeat whole scads of his dialogue even today. "B-52 Cadillac of the sky.....!" "I can't rmember what my mother looked like...she had...brown hair." "It looked like God taking a photograph."
For years he was mine. All mine. Through A Murder of Quality giving him words to speak written by my favourite author John le Carre. In Henry V where he played "the boy" and died so tragically I cry for the last half hour of the film every time I watch it.
It's always tricky for a child actor to make the leap into adult films. And Baley - my pet name - not only leapt. He danced!
For then came Newsies - an all-singing, all-dancing musical about the poor urchin newspaper delivery boys fight for rights against the likes of Randolph Heart at the turn of the century. Directed by Kenny Ortega who did the choreography for Dirty Dancing and the Boy From Oz this movie created a phenomenen called the Baleheads - young female fans devoted to the Christian Bale cause. And at one stage Mr Bale was the most downloaded guy on the internet! I own that movie on VHS, DVD, CD I have an orignial two-sided movie poster and I know EVERY word of every song.
Perhaps as some way to revolt against the teen idol he had become, Mr Bale went onto play a gay music journo in Velmet Goldmine. An undernoursihed in The Machinist. A teenaged nazi sympathiser in Swing Kids. This guy ain't afraid to make us not love him! In fact, I kind of believe that's his mission. to bring out an emotional repsonse in his audience. Whether it's revulsion, fear, sadness, or symapthy. But somehow, we sawthrough it all. And we wanted more.
So he gave us American Psycho.
Now I know this one is a polariser! Some love it, others think it the most self-indulgent pile of claptrap ever written. I am one of the former. I love the book, and think it an amazing, brilliant, unique satire of the self-infdulgent 80's. The enitre chapters are dedicated to the brilliance of Huey Lewis and the News. The way the chapters simply finish in the middle of the sentence as the writer becomes bored with the subject matter. Brilliant! And as to the movie. Adore it. It's harsh, bitter, shallow, sarcastic, violent, and just hilarious!!! "I have to return some videotapes" is one of the best lines ever written!
And it stars Christian Bale in a part that he just inhabited from the lack of soul outward. From his newly capped teeth to his newly grown muscles and his newly long hair. And that body. Mwoah. Sorry that was me losing all ability to speak.
Okay, sorry, I lost it for a second again there.
- He was born January 30th 1974 - the same year as me!
- He got married in Las Vegas in 2000 - the same place as me!
- He married Winona Ryder's personal assistant and they have a baby - okay no similarity there
- Did you realise he played the Penelope Cruz's boyfriend to Nicholas Cage's other man in the goooorgeous Captain Corelli's Mandolin?
- His next movie is The Prestige with none other than the Pink Heart Society's mascot - Hugh Jackman. Wild horses couldn't hope to keep me away!!!
I love that he's not pretty. I love that he's not commercial. I love that his nose is crooked, and he has dark marks under his eyes. His face feels lived in. Pained. Haunted. Loved. He is deep and interesting and private. He is smart, sexy, has a voice to melt wax, and he's Batman.
Seriously, what more could a girl want?
For Ally's latest book WANTED: OUTBACK WIFE she used - surprise, surprise - Christian Bale as the inspiration for her hero Heath. And again he is the basis for her current work in progress a Modern Extra! He is a man of many talents.
For more piccies of CB, check out her blog.