The actor Christian Bale is known around the world for her acting talents, particularly in big name movies such as the Batman series. The multi-talented performer is not only known for his acting skills but for his hard work ethic and his tremendous amount of success. Although the performer has faced his fair share of controversy from time to time, throughout his long and successful career, he has also delivered a number of very inspirational quotes about success.
One of the most unique things about Bale’s quotes is that they take an out-of-the-box approach to talking about success. His quotes may not be the most traditional quotes but they are inspiring and they have already helped many find the strength they need in order to work hard towards their goals. If you are looking for some daily inspiration that can help you through your life, then these Christian Bale quotes may just be the words of wisdom that you need to get inspired to find your own success.
Where is Christian Bale From?
Christian Bale, or Christian Charles Philip Bale is from the town of Pembrokeshire in Whales. The UK native was born in 1974 to his mother Jenny who was a circus performer and his father David who as a pilot. It is easy to see that Christian picked up his knack for entertaining from his talented mother, but his pilot father also helped Christian gain a new perspective on the world as the family lived in numerous countries, including Portgual and the United States throughout Christian’s childhood. In fact, the actor accredits this lifestyle to ultimately influencing his choice to become an actor.
Bale’s first big breakout role came when he was just 13 and starred in Steve Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun. This role earned Bale a special award from the National Board of Review for the “Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor.” From there Christian’s career only continued to take off.
The performer has admitted that he has had extreme difficulty coping with the attention that has come from his success. This has lead Bale to be known as one of the most notoriously private celebrities in Hollywood and aside from a few on-set incidents he has remained very private and free from the tabloids. Instead Bale claims he focuses his attention on his craft and on working hard towards becoming the best and most successful actor that he can be.
How Much is Christian Bale Worth?
In addition to being a well-known actor with celebrity status around the world, Christian Bale is also one of the most financially successful actors in Hollywood today. It is estimated that he is worth more than $80 million thanks to his roles in big Blockbuster films. He reportedly earned $15 million for his role in The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 and in 2013 alone it is estimated that he earned $35 million.
Christian Bale’s Greatest Movies
After Christian’s early success, he started appearing in major motion pictures. In fact, some of these early films are still seen as being some of his best to date. He first two major films include the Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Henry V (1989) and the television movie version of Treasure Island (1990) where Bale played Jim Hawkins. Some of his best other early films from the 1990s include:
- Newsies (1992)
- Swing Kids (1993)
- Little Women (1994)
- The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
- The Secret Agent (1996)
- Metroland (1997)
- Velvet Goldmine (1998)
- All the Little Animals (1998)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)
By the end of the 1990s, strings of memorable performances in films such as this, launched Bale into superstar status and he soon became one of the biggest go-to names in Hollywood. This is when Bale was offered what is perhaps his most memorable and popular role of all time when he got the lead in American Psycho (2000). The film was a Mary Horron adaptation of the cult classic novel by Bret Easton Ellis. In the movie, Bale played Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street yuppie who despite appearing obnoxiously perfect on the outside actually has a taste for murder. The film earned Bale rave reviews and a huge fan following and also lead him to receive a number of awards that year including one of the “Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures” of the decade according to Entertainment Weekly and one of the “Most Creative People in Entertainment” according to EW.
From there Bale also followed up his success with big name films such as Shaft (2000), Laurel Canyon (2002) and Reign of Fires (2002). In 2004, Bale starred in a much talked about cult film The Machinist (2004) where he played an insomniac and ultimately dropped over 60 pounds to play the role. The transformation was astonishing, but Bale would quickly have to gain all of the weight back and then some to play a super-buff Batman when he was cast in 2005’s Batman Begins, the first chapter in the dark Christopher Nolan trilogy based on the famed super hero.
The film, and the sequels including The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) have been some of the highest grossing films in the past decade. In between these movies, Bale also starred in other films that showcased his talents such as:
- The New World (2005)
- The Prestige (2006)
- Terminator Salvation (200(0
- The Fighter (2010)
In 2011, Bale earned his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Fighter. He also received nominations for his work in 2013’s American Hustle.
Iconic Christian Bale Quotes About Success
In addition to some major motion pictures on his resume, Christian Bale has also delivered a number of inspirational quotes during his long and successful career. Here are just a few of our favorites from the actor.
“I tend to think you’re fearless when you recognize why you should be scared of things, but do them anyway.”
“I do like taking stuff seriously that a lot of people look at as nonsense. I enjoy the insanity of that. And I like the commitment that is needed for that.”
“I’d love to remain a secret and still work, but I also want people to see the movies I’m in and get a higher profile because of that. I like to think that as long as you continue choosing diverse roles, you can avoid becoming predictable.”
“No, only disappointment in myself on those occasions I didn’t manage to rise to the occasion as I felt I should’ve done. I can always see how to do it, and then the challenge is: can I manage that each and every day?”
“I went backwards and forwards over it until I was 22. And then in the past few years I began to say to myself, OK, look, I’m not messing around. This is something I want to attack, instead of thinking, I’ll just see what happens with it.”
“I have this theory that, depending on your attitude, your life doesn’t have to become this ridiculous charade that it seems so many people end up living.”
“I never want to feel that I’m playing it safe.”