That on-set freak-out aside, Welsh actor Christian Bale transitioned well between being the star of Stephen Spielberg’s 1987 war epic Empire of the Sun to being Christopher Nolan’s go-to guy to bring Batman, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t struggle with adjusting to fame just like other child stars. Unlike other child actors who let that mounting pressure swallow them whole, Bale kept chugging on through the ’90s, staying far away from the temptations and pitfalls of Hollywood by focusing on roles in Newsies, Little Women and Velvet Goldmine. The focus paid off—the Academy Award-winning actor is now a consistent critical and commercial success, acting in everything from action movies like The Dark Knight and Terminator Salvation to acclaimed dramas like The Fighter. Nowadays, the only time we see this talented actor in the tabloids is when he’s visiting the victims of the Aurora shooting or flying a 4-year-old Batman fan suffering from cancer out to Disneyland to hang out with him. Can you say awwww?!
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