As with the best method actors before him: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Ben Kingsley, Bale is famous for remaining in character until the movie wraps. Subsequently, he often speaks in different accents when interviewed during a shoot.
This transformation won Bale his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and elevated him to the toast of Tinseltown. This time he plays Dicky Eklund, the half-brother, and trainer of former WBU welterweight boxing champion Micky Ward.
It is never easy to play polarizing characters like former Vice President Dick Cheney if you are a darling of the entertainment industry. Who would want to be associated with any politician, let alone one who controlled U.S. foreign policy for so long? Step forward, Mr. Bale.
This film makes it onto the top spot of Christian Bale listicles everywhere for a good reason. Some argue American Psycho is his career-best performance. Bale, with slicked-back hair, an Italian suit, and a sharp ax, is irresistible.