Christian Bale
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United States United Kingdom
2022

Christian
Bale

Bale, who broke out in the mainstream conversation with “American Psycho” more than two decades ago, is now one of the highest-paid actors in the world, known for acclaimed performances that have garnered a slew of awards recognition. This year, he joined the Marvel Cine­matic Universe as Gorr the God Butcher, the villain in the Taika Waititi-directed “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Of course, this is no newcomer to the superhero world, as he’s known globally for playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy. In late 2022, he joined up with directors David O. Russell and Scott Cooper — both of whom he’s worked with before — starring, respectively, in the ’30s-era drama “Amsterdam” and the gothic horror “The Pale Blue Eye.” On both of those films, he pulled double duty as star and producer. 

Career

  • VICE
  • THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER
  • THE PALE BLUE EYE

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'The Pale Blue Eye’ Review: Christian Bale Is a Detective Who Teams Up with Edgar Allan Poe in Scott Cooper's Gloomfest Murder Mystery

'The Pale Blue Eye’ Review: Christian Bale Is a Detective Who Teams Up with Edgar Allan Poe in Scott Cooper's Gloomfest Murder Mystery

"The Pale Blue Eye" is one of those movie titles that’s evocative yet teasingly vague — it makes the film sound like a Western based on a song by Lou Reed. Actually, the movie is based on Louis Bayard’s 2006 novel, which uses an 1830s military setting and murder mystery to frame a kind of origin story of Edgar Allan Poe. At West Point, which in the early 19th century is basically a fort in the woods overlooking the Hudson...

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