Christian Bale’s former publicist unmasks Batman star in new biography
Christian Bale is most known for his role as one of Hollywood’s most revered and bankable characters, Batman; his ability to physically transform himself for roles in films such as American Psycho and The Machinist; and his recent inflammatory outbursts on set.
But little is known about the personal life of the intensely private and reclusive star. In Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman (May 2012, BenBella Books), Bale’s former publicist and assistant Harrison Cheung shares an inside look at the actor’s rocky life. In the first biography of the Academy Award-winning actor, Cheung, who lived and worked with Bale and his father for 10 years, shares firsthand accounts of the Bales’ familial dysfunction, Bale’s morbid fascinations and dark humor, and his extreme dedication to his craft.
Aware that Bale hated his traditional publicity duties, Cheung launched an extensive Internet marketing campaign for the actor, built the first official actor website for him, and cultivated the Baleheads, an online fan community that ultimately helped Bale secure the role of the Caped Crusader.
Written with veteran Hollywood and entertainment reporter Nicola Pittam, Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman uncovers Bale’s transformation from child actor to Internet sensation to Hollywood bad boy.
The title is available now.
Posted by Dustin Fritschel