Name: Christian Bale
|Famous For: Batman Begins, American Psycho and American Hustle|
Famous For Batman Begins, American Psycho and American Hustle
“I am the Batman!” Hailing from England where he made his acting debut in a commercial for fabric softener at only eight years old, Christian Bale made his stage debut in London before he attracted widespread attention at 13 years old as the star of Steven Spielberg’s 1987 blockbuster, Empire of the Sun. With the film putting him on the map, Bale questioned his rising celebrity status and briefly considered giving up acting until he was convinced to appear in Henry V in 1989. Since then, he hasn’t looked back as he’s been churning out movies nearly every year.
Often praised for his incredible character development and transformations on the silver screen, Bale’s stellar career spans over three decades and includes everything from blockbusters to smaller projects and independent films. Along the way, he’s earned dozens of awards and nominations including three Academy Award nominations for his performances in American Hustle, The Big Short and The Fighter, the latter of which earned him an Oscar. As the star of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and films like American Psycho, The Machinist, Public Enemies and Rescue Dawn, Bale has proven time and time again that there’s isn’t anything he can’t do.
With Bale wowing audiences after losing 63 pounds to play the role of Trevor Reznik in the 2004 psychological thriller The Machinist, it’s hard to imagine that he would be the type of guy to opt for cosmetic surgery, let alone admit it. However, Bale is truly an enigma and he owned up to going under the knife. So, what could the Hollywood heartthrob possibly have had done?
Being from England where dental work is questionable at best, Bale knew he wanted and needed to appeal to American audiences especially after moving to the United States with his father when he was 17 years old. Although he certainly wasn’t hurting for work, Bale’s decision to improve his smile came after he was cast as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho in 2000, a film that would become his breakout hit in the States. “I liked my old teeth,” Bale said. “I have a molding of them on a shelf. But with Patrick Bateman, his physicality is much more important than with most characters. He deals totally in the superficial, and he’s incredibly narcissistic.”
Always the method actor, Bale underwent a permanent change for the sake of the role. “I looked at myself in the mirror and it just wasn’t right,” he said. “I was warned that if I got caps I could get a lisp, and you might still be able to tell in close-ups. So, although I like my teeth, I’m not so attached to them that I’m going to ruin this whole movie because I refuse to get them done.” With that said, he opted for veneers to make his teeth perfectly straight and pearly white.
Bale has always been praised for his ability to completely transform himself into a character and, as of today, it appears that his teeth have been his only permanent, physical transformation. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t plenty of rumors that the actor has had a few other procedures, none of which he’s willing to admit. In fact, some critics argue that Bale had a rhinoplasty especially after starring alongside Mark Wahlberg in the boxing flick, The Fighter, where they both took a few licks.
During filming, Wahlberg was punched in the face several times almost breaking his nose to make the scene look even more real. When the actors were sparring in the ring, the beloved “Marky Mark” even landed a punch square on Bale’s face, which could’ve easily bent his nose. But, it was all in good fun even if it might’ve resulted in a rhinoplasty or two. “We basically lied to the insurance company and told them we weren’t going to be hitting each other and then went in there and that’s all we did,” Walberg said. “I think Mark enjoyed landing one on me in that sparring scene,” Bale added.
While some surgeons suggest that Bale might have opted for a few rounds of Botox injections as well as a rhinoplasty since the tip of his nose reflects a minor, albeit subtle, change, others simply aren’t buying it. Instead, they argue that the American Hustle star has a natural look that makes him look even better today at 42 years old than ever before. And, if there’s any chance of some procedure beyond his dental veneers, they argue that it could only be a constructive rhinoplasty rather than a cosmetic procedure.
Regardless of whether he’s had a rhinoplasty or not, Bale’s history of coming forward about his dental work just goes to prove that he’ll likely share the details of any future procedures. In the meantime, the rumors are the least of his concerns as he’s obviously too busy focusing on getting into character for his next big blockbuster.