‘Empire of the Sun’ listed on Best Christian Bale list

christian-bale-in-empire-of-the-sun-(1987)While the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy made Christian Bale an international superstar, his beginnings can be traced back to Steven Spielberg.

Bale starred in 1987’s Empire of the Sun, a film which made the “Best of” list UK’s Film News:

“Bale’s performance as Jim Graham in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun came when the actor was a mere 13-year-old. Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s novel, he plays Jim Graham, a young boy who goes from living with a wealthy British family in Shanghai to becoming a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp during the Second World War. Bale struggled to cope with the subsequent recognition heaped upon him, even going so far as to contemplate quitting acting entirely (it was Kenneth Branagh who convinced him otherwise when he approached him about appearing in Henry V).”

The list appears to be in chronological order ahead of the Blu-ray release of his film Out of the Furnace. American Psycho, The Prestige, The Fighter join the Batman films on the list of popular roles.

Check out the full list HERE


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