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Christian Bale Then and Now: From Newsies to The Dark Knight Rises (PHOTOS)

Christian Bale has been in Hollywood for over two decades now, and he’s starred in everything from a musical (Newsies) to a gory horror (American Psycho) to an Oscar-winning drama (The Fighter).

Famously outspoken, the 38-year-old Welsh-born actor is known for transforming himself for roles, sometimes to a terrifying/majorly unhealthy degree.

Actors may be a dime a dozen, but there’s only one Christian Bale a notion director Christopher Nolan summed up perfectly to the New York Times: “One of the great things about Christian is his refreshing lack of ego. He figures out how he can be useful to the storytelling. That often means he’s a very generous performer, somebody who’s playing the part with integrity, not to show what he can do.”

Now that Christian is starring in The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of Mr. Nolan’s Batman trilogy, let’s take a look at how he’s changed over the years from then to now and from role to role.

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07.20.2012 / 05:30 PM EDT by Laura Case
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