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no joker: bale at his best

Rescue Dawn (2006)

Director Werner Herzog was full of praise for Christian Bale's performance in this gritty drama based on the true story of Dieter Dengler, a German who joined the US Air Force during the Vietnam War and was shot down over Laos, captured and tortured.

The Dark Knight (2008)

Bale managed to more than hold his own against Heath Ledger's Joker in Christopher Nolan's sprawling superhero epic. His gravel voice and bulked-up physique turned the Caped Crusader into a nightmarish and remorseless avenger.

The Fighter (2010)

Christian won an Oscar for his work on David O Russell's acclaimed boxing drama, playing the nervy, crack-addicted brother of Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), an Irish-American boxer whose dreams of greatness are constantly thwarted by his scheming family.

Irish Independent