02:45 PM EDT 12/07/2013
Originally posted 01/15/2011 02:30PM
The Fighter star Christian Bale has no problem playing the tough guy in many of his films. But when the cameras aren't rolling, the actor has a soft side.
Bale, 36, held back tears while talking about Sibi Blazic, his wife of more than a decade, backstage at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, where he won best supporting actor for his role in the boxing film, which also stars Mark Wahlberg.
"I get choked up about that stuff," Bale told reporters Friday. "It's everything because I truly believe you can't celebrate [success] without having your partner with you."
Originally posted 12/20/2010 11:45AM
In The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale claim the most screen time, but there's no denying their slew of sisters' scene-stealing abilities.
What you might not have realized is that one of the Eklund women has a famous brother in real life, too. Kate O'Brien, sister to late night TV host Conan O'Brien, plays Phyllis "Beaver" Eklund in her acting debut.
"I work at a school and someone said, 'They're casting [The Fighter], you should go down, you look Irish Catholic,' " Kate O'Brien told PEOPLE. "I'm one of six, so it wasn't that hard for me to look like I might have more siblings [in the movie]."
Reporting by ANNE DRISCOLL
Originally posted 07/30/2009 08:45AM
Christian Bale is at it again – the actor has downsized his physique for his new role as a drug addicted boxer in The Fighter.
Known for his uncanny ability to re-sculpt his body for his movie roles, the Welsh-born actor, who just last month looked handsome and healthy, has gone to extremes to portray fighter Dicky Eklund, opposite Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams.
"I will adjust to what is needed. But only if I have quite an obsession for the role," Bale told PEOPLE in 2005.
Originally posted 04/01/2009 11:30AM
Sir Michael Caine, who played Batman's faithful butler in The Dark Knight, is thrilled by the late Heath Ledger's Oscar win for playing The Joker, "stunned" by Christian Bale's infamous on-set outburst and – has hopes for another sequel.
"I'm so pleased," the Englishman, 76 – himself a double Oscar winner – tells PEOPLE of the posthumous Academy Award presented Ledger in February. "I thought that it was very important for his family as well. I was a big fan of his from the first time that I met him."
Originally posted 02/07/2009 04:45PM
Though Christian Bale himself called his F-bomb outburst on the Terminator Salvation set "inexcusable," the film's director is coming to the star's defense.
"The film set is a passionate place, and it happens," McG told fans at a Warner Bros. preview panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday. "There was no version of, 'Oh, Christian is going to whip his ass.' It was just sort of a blowup,"
"We let it run its course, and it did. You obviously only get to hear the explicit parts," he said.
Originally posted 02/06/2009 02:40PM
Christian Bale apologized repeatedly Friday for his 36 F-bomb meltdown on the Terminator Salvation set, labeling his behavior "inexcusable" and "deeply embarrassing."
"It's been a miserable week for me," Bale, 35, said on The Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles.
In an audiotape that has swept the Internet (and become fodder for satirical music remixes), Bale is heard unleashing a four-minute profanity-laced verbal assault at the film's director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, who accidentally entered Bale's sight lines during shooting.
"I was out of order, beyond belief," Bale tells KROQ. "I acted like a punk. I regret that ... It is inexcusable."
Originally posted 02/03/2009 09:05AM
Originally posted 08/14/2008 01:15PM
Christian Bale will not be charged over claims of assault following a July 20 London disagreement with his mother and sister, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Prosecutors at England's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have reviewed the case and determined it is not in the public interest nor is there sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.
"On the advice of the CPS we shall be taking no further action," a Metropolitan Police spokesman tells PEOPLE. "We will not be commenting further."
Originally posted 07/30/2008 03:35PM
He did say he was going to be back.
One of the exciting revelations at Comic-Con this year was the look of the scary new poster for Terminator: Salvation, the return to the sci-fi action series that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name.
In it, the smoking, battered and bullet-riddled metal skull of a Terminator cyborg stares out at the viewer – and the eyes are illuminated in a devilish red, indicating that the killing machine is still "alive." Instead of pupils, each eye contains what looks like a DNA double helix.
In the movie, Christian Bale plays John Connor, who leads a ragtag group of humans against warmongering robots in a post-apocalyptic future.
– Michael Y. Park
Originally posted 07/29/2008 07:40AM
Christian Bale was in Tokyo Tuesday to chat about The Dark Knight. But the actor continued to keep quiet about his recent London arrest.
The actor was booked by police last week, following reports that his mother and sister had accused him of assault. During a press conference at Tokyo's Grand Hyatt, Bale would only say, "It's a private matter."
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