Fun fact about Christian Bale: He is not American. Despite the very deceptive accent that he has been using for the past 20 years, Bale is actually British. Another fun fact (well, fun if you’re him; less so for the rest of us): he’s super rich. Rico to the tune of $ 80 million, assuming Wealthy Gorilla is accurate. So how exactly did a West Welsh boy manage to make such an impressive amount of money? On the one hand, ability to act. For two, the ability to gain and lose over 100 pounds faster than most of us can blink. For three, that accent. Need more? Then, sit back as we explain how Christian Bale became one of the most successful (and richest) actors in Hollywood.
The first days
Born in Wales to English parents, Bale spent his formative years in Surrey and Dorset, England. In 1982, she got into the acting business when she landed a role in a commercial for the fabric softener, Lenor. A year later, he was acting like a storm as a child rock star in a Pac-Man cereal commercial. Having clearly developed a taste for show business, Bale began auditioning for more serious roles. In 1986, he won his first big role as Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia in the television movie Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. Leading roles in Heart of the Country and Mio in the Land of Faraway earned him further recognition, but it was his critically acclaimed performance in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun that marked him as someone to watch. But sometimes, fame has a price. After winning the award for “Best Performance by a Young Actor” from the National Board of Film Review, Bale found the attention of the press (not to mention the very different treatment he began to receive from his schoolmates) difficult to find. handle. He even briefly considered giving up acting altogether … until one Mr. Kenneth Branagh managed to convince him to appear in his next film, Henry V. The film reawakened Bale’s love of the game; from there, the only way was up.
Making it big
After spending the 1990s taking on supporting and leading roles in films like Little Women, Velvet Goldmine, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bale had a huge hit in 2000 when he was cast as serial killer Patrick Bateman on American Psycho. Despite earning a pittance for the movie (in an interview with IMDB Celebrity News Service, she claimed to have earned less from her job than the makeup artist), the movie did what it was meant to do – it turned Bale into a contender. His transformation for the role (to achieve the Bateman look, Bale tanned excessively and worked out obsessively to obtain an ‘Olympian physique’) along with his outstanding performance earned him rave reviews, even if the film itself received more reception. mixed.
Over the next several years, more lead roles followed, culminating in The Machinist in 2004. To prepare for the role, Bale went on an extreme diet consisting of coffee and apples: By the time he started filming, he weighed a skeleton. 121 lbs. But the following year saw an even more dramatic transformation. After winning the career-defining role of Batman, he increased the calories to gain 100 pounds in just 6 months, bringing him to a very muscular 221 pounds. The effort was clearly worth it. Released to international acclaim in 2005, Batman Begins grossed $ 370 million on a budget of $ 135 million. Its sequel, The Dark Knight, did even better: After grossing a record $ 158.4 million at the US box office in its opening weekend alone, it subsequently went on to gross $ 1 billion at the box office across the board. the world, becoming the fourth highest grossing. movie from that point in the process. 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises performed similarly, grossing over a billion and becoming the most commercially successful film of Bale’s career.
The millions of batman
As Celebrity Net Worth points out, the three Batman movies made more than $ 2.3 billion worldwide at the box office. Not all of that went into Bale’s back pocket, of course, but you can bet he was making way more than the makeup artist at that stage. Estimates put his earnings for the trilogy at $ 54 million, with $ 9 million coming from Batman Begins, $ 30 million coming from The Dark Knight ($ 20 million of which was a performance bonus) and $ 15 million from The Dark. Knight Rises Again. But clearly not a …