As Hollywood actor Christian Bale turns 42, we tell you more about the hunk...
>> Christian Bale is an excellent horseman and an avid reader.
>> He trained for 10 weeks in dancing and martial arts for the dance sequences in 'Newsies' (1992) and 'Swing Kids' (1993).
>> A devoted animal lover, Christian has two dogs (Mojo and Ramone) and three cats (Miriam, Molly, and Lilly), which are all strays that he found.
>> He started acting in 1983 at the age of 9.
>> Christian’s father was a former commercial pilot and his mother was a circus dancer.
>> He auditioned for the role of Jack Dawson in 'Titanic' (1997) and almost got the role, but people felt that it wouldn’t be fair having two Brits playing two Americans.
>> Although born in Wales, his family is actually English. In 1976, when Christian was two years old, his family left Wales and returned to England.
>> He lost 63 pounds for 'The Machinist' and gained 80 pounds for 'Batman Begins'.