However, Bale found being a child actor very hard work. The teenager almost threw in the towel before he was unexpectedly approached by actor and director Kenneth Branagh, who asked him to appear in his new film Henry V. Bale took the job, and more were to follow.
During the early ’90s, the young Bale took on a variety of roles. He did everything from musicals like Newsies to Disney animations like Pocahontas. And by the time he appeared in the 1998 glam rock movie Velvet Goldmine, he was a grown adult and looking good.
But he was still only at the beginning of his career, and his most famous performances were still to come. After years spent in development hell, the adaptation of the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho was starting to come together. Bale was desperate for the lead role.