Happy 40th Birthday, Christian Bale!
It's hard to believe he is the big 4-0 and yet, because he's been working in Hollywood for so long, it's not that surprising. So how will the Oscar-winner celebrate, if he celebrates? Is Bale the type to enjoy a birthday party? There has always been a seriousness that surrounds the actor, in large part due to his Daniel Day Lewis-like focus, dedication to the craft, and contribution to the artform.
Personally and professionally there have been a few bumps along the way, like that infamous meltdown on the "Terminator Salvation" set or being in the 2002 fighting-dragons-thriller "Reign of Fire," but in recent years, the Welsh-born performer has appeared far more at ease both onscreen and off, like he's made peace with being a part of the Hollywood machine and tries not to let little things affect him. Of course, the characters he's chosen to play are a big part of that as well.
Therefore to highlight this festive occasion, we're celebrating the softer-to-serious-to-not-so-serious, happy sides of Christian Bale, an evolution you can see with the help of these smile-inducing GIFs:
Happy to be 13 and doing promotional rounds for Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun:"
Happy to be singing and dancing with a wicked East Coast accent in "Newsies:"
Who can forget his happy in "American Psycho?"
And those happy dance moves?
Possibly the beginning of an in-between happy stage:
Not nearly happy enough to be sitting with Kermit the Frog (yeah, that's doctored):
Something tells us "Reign of Fire" didn't make him happy:
Trying to be happy after "Terminator Salvation" came out?
The happiest Bruce Wayne/Batman moment of all:
Back to a happy place during awards season for "The Fighter:"
Enjoying a genuine giggle during the promotional rounds for last year's dark drama "Out of the Furnace:"
Clearly now with another Oscar nomination for "American Hustle," he's back in a groove:
It's nice to see you having fun, Christian Bale. Happy birthday to you!
See more of Christian Bale in his Oscar-nominated role from "American Hustle":