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Oscar analysis: Former Child Actor Christian Bale's Evolution

February 07, 2011

I expected Christian Bale to absolutely devour the screen in “The Fighter.”

If that had happened, it probably would have been merely entertaining. Instead, his Best Supporting Actor Oscar-nominated portrayal of crack-addicted former boxer Dicky Eklund showed how the actor — one of the most intense, and intensely watchable, players in the business — knows exactly when to pull back on the reins and stay within the realm of believable characterization. Read More