Sunday was a double celebration for Christian Bale, who not only won the supporting actor SAG Award, but also marked his 37th birthday. The intense actor, who took the award for his riveting portrayal of drug-addicted former boxer Dicky Eklund in "The Fighter," said he had celebrated earlier with his family.
So, "this is gravy," he said holding up his award. "Fantastic!"
The much-lauded Bale also stressed that he had no formal training. "I took no drama classes. So every time I take a role, I say, 'I have no bloody idea how to do this.' "
And what was most interesting to him about his role in "The Fighter"?
"That element of empathy and getting to walk in someone else's shoes, which from a psychological perspective I just find fascinating."
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Photo: Christian Bale onstage is surprised by the character he played in "The Fighter," Dicky Eklund, whom he played in the film and won for male actor in a supporting role. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times.