Bale was invited to speak at the American Film Institute Tribute to director Steven Spielberg
. The gala event aired on A&E in North America on September 7, 1995.
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[on his transformation into Patrick Bateman for American Psycho
(2000)] The character is so vain and obsessed with his looks. While the psychology of the character was something that I could perform, you can't fake the physicality. Being English, I tend to enjoy going down to the pub far more than going to the gym, so it was very unnatural for me. I just had to convince myself that I loved it, ...
He won an Oscar for playing Dickie Eklund in The Fighter
(2010), making him one of 17 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2015). The other sixteen actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy
for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town
(1938), Gary Cooper
for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York
Often portrays obsessive and detached or loner characters