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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781936661640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936661640
  • ASIN: 1936661640
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When (Cheung) refers to himself as Bale's majordomo, he is not kidding."
N.F. Mendoza, former journalist at Los Angeles Times, People, TV Guide

"This intimate and revealing biography of Christian Bale is full of details few people know about Hollywood’s most-lauded Batman, and how a child actor—by harnessing his fans on the Internet—became the star he is today."
BraveNewHollywood.com

"A new picture of Christian Bale emerges..."
Huffington Post

"Cheung's first-hand observations of Bale's rising career and early roles—including Patrick Bateman in American Psycho—provide an interesting perspective on the making of a star..."
Publishers Weekly

"A 'Must Read' for Summer"
Austin Monthly

"Recommended Summer Reading List"
Los Angeles Magazine

"'What's Hot for Summer' List"
Tribute Magazine

"Three stars — Batman's former wingman speaks out!"
Jamie Russell, Total Film

"The book is good - a fun, informative read."
Christopher Heard, author and film historian

"...a revelatory glimpse into Bale’s personal life... it does contain much interesting information for fans."
Movie Maker

"More than just a tell-all expose. Make no mistake, Cheung was privy to a fair amount of behind-the-scenes drama."
Hamilton Magazine

"Great Book."
Melissa Cronin, The Daily

"One of the best biographies of the year."
Kathryn Raaker, Let's Just Talk

"3 1/2 stars — a gripping read!"
Filmophilia

About the Author

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.

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Customer Reviews

The book isn't even very spicy/sensationalistic, if one likes that kind of thing.
S. O Rooney
It is poorly written, with the same things being repeated several times, to the point where the reader feels like reading the same page over and over again.
Sandy Eastman
It's pretty clear that Christian strongly values his personal life, so this book seems like the ultimate betrayal.
LillyRose

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

89 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Movie Gal With a Brain on June 3, 2012
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A poorly written, distasteful, and embarrassingly vengeful attack on Bale revealing the most ALL-TOO intimate, personal and vulnerable details of Bale's life. Co-author Harrison Cheung started off as an Internet Bale 'Fan-Boy' when the technology was breaking through. After receiving a letter of appreciation from Bale, he pitched a marketing proposal to him for Internet Promotion, utilizing then-popular discussion boards on sites like AOL to spread the word on Christian's films. At the time, Harrison termed Christian's fans "Baleheads." Cheung was welcomed into Bale's family on a very personal and private level, with the full knowledge that they couldn't afford to pay him immediately. Cheung goes to great lengths to outline just how financially strapped Bale was thanks to his father's overindulgence, forcing him to purchase a home with a mortgage above his means, forcing him to move to America and not attend University in the UK with his girlfriend. Cheung paints such a sympathetic picture of Bale that, when he turns on him, and reveals things so private you feel like you are a perverted voyeur reading stolen notes from a patient's private journal, you want to reach into the book and punch Cheung in the face repeatedly. While Cheung does deserve credit for building his fan base on the Internet when it was an unknown commodity, getting him press coverage, it had no impact on Bale's ability to get roles. It was Bale who defied his agent and father with regard to AMERICAN PSYCHO, aggressively pursuing the project and getting it on his own. Cheung did expose Bale to Frank Miller's BATMAN works and did change his mind on playing Batman.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LillyRose on March 17, 2013
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I think it"s funny that the author spends the whole book demonizing Christian's father for exploiting Christian for money only to turn around and do the same thing with this book. I also think it is hurtful that the author is attacking Christian's father because Christian has always spoken highly of his relationship with his father publicly, so the book seems intentionally disrespectful (plus, his father is not alive to defend himself). It's pretty clear that Christian strongly values his personal life, so this book seems like the ultimate betrayal.

I also hated that the author takes all the credit for Christian's success simply because he made a fan site. I'm a Christian Bale fan and I had never heard of this website. I became a fan by reading reviews about his performances.

I also think it's stupid that the author portrays himself as a victim and Christian as some sort of angry tyrant. They didn't have a contract with each other nor was Christian officially paying him, so he could have left at any time if Christian was so hard to be around. This guy is not a certified PR person, agent or any of the other titles that he claimed to be in this book. If any thing the author was just a fanboy who followed Christian around and Christian just let him. They only met because Christian answered his fan letters.

Another problem with the book is he writes about Christian's life after they stopped working together, which means that those parts of the book are pure tabloid speculation. Which makes sense because the book is co-authored by a tabloid writer. There is no way of knowing that these parts of the book are actually accurate.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jess on June 11, 2012
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I would like to state that I have read this book and I am a fan of Christian Bale's work. I do not believe Mr. Bale to be some type of perfect godlike creature. I decided to read this book because I find Mr. Bale to be a rare breed in today's acting circles. He is an A-List actor yet he can still lead a relatively low profile life. Here is my review:

The only good thing about this book is that it burns easily. Mr. Cheung tries to market this book to Bale fans only to reveal some very private and potentially embarassing moments of his once so called close friend and brother. I did not find the exploitation of Mr. Bale's teenage and young adult years in good taste. These supposed tales of his young woes were not relevant in any way to how he became an internet success or how he became the acclaimed actor that he is today.

Mr Cheung intruded on Mr. Bale's privacy in the most cruel of ways by revealing Mr. Bale's daughter's true name and exposing a painful and fractured relationship between Mr. Bale his now deceased father. Revealing his daughter's name was the most shameful.

The true nature of Mr. Cheung's book is divulged once he lets it be known that he parted ways with Mr. Bale over his refusing to sign a NDA. What better way for a disgruntled ex-assistant to get back at his former boss than to pen a tell-all book. Seems like Mr. Bale knew what he was doing when he requested a NDA in the first place.

It is very clear upon completion of this biography that Mr. Cheung has more psychological problems that Mr. Bale could ever have and is out for blood. The overall purpose of this book is lost by the end. Was it to give the readers an insight on Mr. Bale's life or an author's way to vent over a bad breakup. Their relationship has been over for a decade.
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