Christian Bale Talks Dating Drew Barrymore and Playing Batman One Last Time, Plus a Look at His Most Memorable Roles

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"We went to see some bloody awful horror film, and that was the end of it. She never called again." That's how veteran actor Christian Bale described his date as a teenager with Drew Barrymore. Apparently there was not a love connection between the two young actors. In an interview with GQ Australia, Bale opened up about that brief attempt at romance with Barrymore, as well as playing Batman and his career in general.

The star of "The Dark Knight Rises" has played the Caped Crusader of Gotham City in three films directed by Christopher Nolan, and he talked about the feelings he's had stepping donning the costume one more time. "I have been deeply honored to inhabit this character. It was a massive undertaking. Physically, emotionally, every way," Bale said of his experience playing one of the most iconic characters of comic books and film.

Since starting his acting career at a very young age, Bale has had quite a memorable career, filled with great performances and unforgettable characters. In 2011 he won his first Oscar for his work in "The Fighter," and there's no sign of him stopping any time soon. Here's a look at a few of his most memorable roles in film.

Batman - You really can't overstate the impact that the three Nolan "Batman" films has had on Bale's career. Widely regarded as one of, if not the best Batman to appear in any film, Bale brought youth and energy to the Bruce Wayne character, and the right amount of mystery and intrigue to Batman himself. His work in the three films demonstrates his range as an actor, performing tough physical stunts, but also injecting real emotion into scenes that call for it.

Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho" - At the time of its release in 2000, Bale's career had hit a tiny little sagging point. But his work as Patrick, the sociopath and corporate monster, helped shoot his star's trajectory incredibly high. The film is a discombobulating journey into and through the dark and twisted mind of a man that's almost impossible to get a real read on. His performance was absolutely key to making the film work.

Jamie Graham in "Empire of the Sun" - Directed by Steven Spielberg, this 1987 film about a boy living in a Japanese prison camp during World War II was Bale's first major starring role at the tender age of just 13. Surprisingly, though the film was nominated for six Academy Awards, Spielberg, Christian and his co-star John Malkovich were all snubbed by the Academy.

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