Today is Christian Bale’s 39th birthday, so we knew we had better make him a really awesome post or else face his wrath. Just kidding! The actor supremo has been up to so much good in these past few years, we pretty much forgot all about that whole on-set rant thing. First, there are the sweet blockbusting films he’s given us recently, from his Academy-Award winning performance in The Fighter, to his most recent butt-kicking turn as the black-caped one in The Dark Knight Rises. But that’s not even the half of it: Christian has been making the rounds on his off-camera hours, helping out sick children, injured adults, and other less fortunate folks. And that’s just the start! To celebrate the big-hearted Oscar winner’s birthday, we’ve picked 10 ways that he actually is a real life super hero, right up there with Batman. Head down to the gallery below and check ‘em out!
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Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight movies take their titles very literally, don’t they? We had to adjust our monitors just to see the new TV spots from The Dark Knight Rises. But there was a bit of light in both of them: Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne has a bit of banter with Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) and almost smiles a couple of times. You can’t blame the guy for frowning most of the time; he feels like the fate of Gotham weighs on his shoulders.
That reminds us of another time the fate of a city weighed on Bale’s shoulders … that time he formed a union of scrappy newsboys to fight Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Then, at least, Jack Kelly knew how to smile while fighting evil. But here are five signs we think Batman might still remember everything he learned as the Cowboy.
1. When the going gets rough, everyone appreciates a cheesy joke: “How’d you sleep, Jack?” “On me back.” (Did any of us ever realize how homoerotic this entire opening “Carrying the Banner” scene of the movie is?) When Lucius Fox asks Bruce Wayne, “Do you remember where you parked?” he actually raises his eyebrows in good humor.
2. Don’t underestimate the advice of a friend. “Pulitzer and Hearst have to respect the rights of the working boys of New York!” Also, don’t ever use that terrible fake New York accent again.