Christian Bale undoubtedly happens to be one of our most favourite actors to portray Batman on screen, whom we love to watch pack a punch on the silver screen, and he just turned a year older today. However, even as he adds another year to his age on paper, the actor's charms and screen presence only seems to grow bigger and better with every passing day.
Bale recently earned his fourth Academy Awards nomination for his performance in 'Vice', where he gave an extraordinary performance as former US Vice President Dick Cheney. Yet, we can't talk about Bale without mentioning the 'Dark Knight' trilogy.
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Though it was back in 2005 when Christian made his first appearance as Batman in 'Batman Begins', he found himself back in the shoes of Bruce Wayne two other times - in 'The Dark Knight' and 'The Dark Knight Rises'.
Bale succeeded to prove time and again that he was born to play the iconic superhero, as he stood against a slew of actors who also came to audition for the role. The list is hefty and includes names like Billy Crudup, Eion Bailey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Joshua Jackson, Henry Cavill, Heath Ledger, Cillian Murphy and David Boreanaz.
Check out this rare clip from Bale's audition to star as Batman.
The video shows Bale in Val Kilmer's suit from 'Batman Forever' as he acts out his part in front of Amy Adams who was standing in for Rachel Dawes.
In the video director Christopher Nolan is seen saying that, “Christian had somehow figured this (that this character was all about extraordinary iconography) out before his screen test; that you could not give a normal performance, you had to project massive energy through this costume in order to not question the costume.”
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Christian himself seems to have felt strongly about Bruce and history, because he once told MTV that, “If you look at the history of the guy and the pain that he went through. I went 'I can't do this in a normal voice. I have to become a beast in order to sell this to myself.”
It was that very rugged and loaded voice that made Bale's Batman stand out amongst all others. His 'Batman' movies earned over $2.8 million and multiple Oscars nominations as well. Nobody could have done it better, isn't it?