The darkest Batman is unmasked.
During the London press junket for The Dark Knight in the
summer of 2008, Christian Bale was infamously accused of assaulting
his mother and sister at the five-star Dorchester Hotel. Six months
later, a recording of Bale's rant on the set of Terminator
Salvation was leaked, and the star's anger began to define
But beyond his notorious temper, Bale, an Academy Award-winning
actor for his role in The Fighter, is known for his
ability to physically transform himself for roles in American
Psycho, The Machinist, and as one of Hollywood's most revered
and bankable charactersBatman.
In Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman,
a 2013 Indie Book Awards Finalist for Best Biography, Bale's former
publicist and assistant Harrison Cheunghis real-life Alfredshares
an inside look into the little-known personal life of the intensely
private and reclusive actor. In the first biography of the Batman
star, Cheung, who lived and worked with Christian and his father
for 10 years, shares firsthand accounts of the Bales' familial
dysfunction, Christian's morbid fascinations and dark humor, and
his extreme dedication to his craft.
Aware that Bale hated his traditional publicity duties, Cheung
launched an extensive Internet marketing campaign for the actor,
built the first official actor website for him, and cultivated the
Baleheads, an online fan community that was used to garner
editorial coverage and ultimately help Bale secure the role of the
Written with veteran Hollywood and entertainment reporter Nicola
Pittam, Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest
Batman uncovers Bale's transformation from shy, English child
actor to Internet sensation to Hollywood bad boy.
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Meet the real-life Alfred! Harrison Cheung
worked for Christian Bale as publicist, marketer, and personal
assistant for almost a decade. As a family friend and confidant,
Harrison was involved with practically every aspect of Christian's
life, including his publicity, finances, immigration, fan mail,
and, of course, web marketing. With web marketing, Harrison created
the Baleheads Christian's online fan community and made him the
biggest star on the Internet. Entertainment Weekly touted
Bale as one of the "Top Cult Figures of the Past Decade" because of
his Internet presence.
Born in Scotland and educated in Canada, Harrison has been writing
all of his life. His first novel, Idol Worship, was a
finalist in the Writers'' Guild Fiction competition. In 2002, he
produced an award-winning short film called Rising of the
Moon, about IRA hunger striker, Bobby Sands. Most recently,
his short story, Witness, won Honorable Mention in Glimmer
Train's 2010 Short Fiction competition. He is currently working on
a series of novels.
Harrison is a digital marketing professional at IBM, where he
earned an Innovation Award for his work in Internet marketing. He
lives in Austin, Texas.
Nicola Pittam has been living and working in Los
Angeles for the past fourteen years as a celebrity news journalist.
She supplies news and features to a variety of publications in the
U.S. and the U.K. including The New York Post, USA TODAY,
People Magazine, Us Weekly, TMZ, RadarOnline, London
Times, The Telegraph, The Sun, The Mirror, Daily Mail, Hello!, OK,
Glamour, and Cosmopolitan.
She has also written a biography with Angie Best ex-wife of
England's most famous soccer player George Best and fitness trainer
to world-renowned entertainer Cher. George And Me: An
Autobiography was published in the U.K. by Virgin Publishing
in September 2001.
Nicola started her career as a writer at the age of 19 when she
wrote for her local paper in Northampton, England. She has come a
long way since then, including spending almost four years, from the
ages of 22 to 26, working for Rupert Murdoch''s Sun
newspaper in London, which is the highest selling daily newspaper
in the UK. Nicola, now 40, still writes for all the British daily
newspapers, based in Los Angeles but reporting from across America.
In addition, she is working on several scripts including a TV pilot
and a YA novel.
Bale's former publicist and assistant Cheung shares an inside look into the little-known personal life of the intensely private and reclusive actor in this first biography of the "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knigh"t star.