You don’t just wake up one morning, put on a tux, drive to the Kodak Theater and waltz up on stage to receive your little golden Oscar statuette without a long history of bit parts, embarrassing roles and forgotten work littering your past. Would Christian Bale prefer that we forget some of the early building blocks that have led him to the current station in life? Probably. However, his status as Academy Award-winning thespians will surely cushion the blow of us taking a tour of his earliest work.
Batman himself, Christian Bale, now an Oscar winner for his work in ‘The Fighter.’ For a lot of movie fans, Bale seemingly appeared out of nowhere in the late ’90s and early ’00s with incredible work in films like ‘Velvet Goldmine’ and ‘American Psycho,’ but his career stretches back much further than that.
Before his breakthrough performance in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Empire of the Sun,’ a 12-year-old Bale had a supporting turn in the TV miniseries ‘Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna’ as Alexei Nikolaevich, the only son of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, who was killed alongside the rest of his family during the Russian Revolution of 1917. Alexei was a hemophiliac, proving that Bale’s attraction to strained, sickly and incredibly thin characters has a very early origin.