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Christian Bale makes EW's Must List 2004!

AGE 30

MUSTWORTHINESS Because -- all together now! -- "he's Batman." That and a hell of an actor. The Wales native went from losing 63 pounds to play a haunted insomniac factory worker (in Brad Anderson's forthcoming psychological thriller, "The Machinist,: due Sept. 24) to bulking up and strapping on a utility belt to be the Caped Crusader. (His secret: bread. "That
was what I craved most of all.")

WHERE ELSE YOU'VE SEEN HIM From his debut at age 13 in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun" to his slithery turn as Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho," he has one of the most fascinating career trajectories around.

WHAT HE'S DOING NOW Teaming up with Insomnia director Christopher Nolan to so something no one had done before: rebooting a major film franchise only eight years after it petered out. The movie reintroduces one of the most beloved superheroes in the pop culture canon, so look for explanations on everything from where the Batmobile came from, to why he has such a close relationship with Lieutenant Gordan (Gary Oldman).

SO DID BALE TAKE THE ROLE BECAUSE HE'S A SUPERHERO FAN? Not really. "I like 'scary' movies. As a kid I liked to take walks in the woods at night after a scary movie to see if I'd get hairs standing up on the back of my neck."

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