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Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman Paperback – May 29, 2012
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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 actorby harnessing his fans on the Internetbecame the star he is today."
"A new picture of Christian Bale emerges..."
"Cheung's first-hand observations of Bale's rising career and early rolesincluding Patrick Bateman in American Psychoprovide an interesting perspective on the making of a star..."
"A 'Must Read' for Summer"
"Recommended Summer Reading List"
Los Angeles Magazine
"'What's Hot for Summer' List"
"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."
"More than just a tell-all expose. Make no mistake, Cheung was privy to a fair amount of behind-the-scenes drama."
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!"
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
I feel really sorry for Harrison for working so hard to make Christian a success and never being paid, but instead having to pay for therapy for years afterward. Once Christian made enough money from his blockbusters to have money to spare, at least from reading one side of the story, I feel he should have paid him, and so I can understand why the author would want to find some way to recuperate his losses. As expensive as marketing a book is, though I wonder if it might have not accomplished that and only brought him anger from fans. I understand that anger, but personally, I feel the prose is balanced rather than vindictive, and kinder than most people could have managed under the circumstances.
It didn't make me like Christian less, but I realized how troubled he was, which I attribute to things like overworked adrenals since childhood, having to work so hard, to be bullied, and to be expected to be someone he's not by pandering to the press. If anything, it helped me try to be kinder to, and more forgiving of, myself in contrast. I appreciate the thoroughness, the lack of sensationalism, showing more than one side of issues, the compassion for everyone, and the acknowledgement of not knowing all the details so leaving some things ambiguous rather than taking a guess and calling it true. I'm not familiar with Nicola, but I assume she was helpful in keeping it on an even keel.
Unfortunately, the author was Mr. Bale's assistant for a number of years and has taken the traditional let's rat out our ex-boss' personal life tack for making money. This book is mean-spirited and unpleasant to read. And not just toward Mr. Bale, but mean-spirited toward nearly everyone this person has encountered while working with Mr. Bale. It's this sour grapes attitude that prevents one from knowing what/how much is to be believed, what has been left out (anything good about anybody, I expect), even whether the book is worth reading or not. The sheer amount of unbridled self-aggrandizement on the part of the author is sickening. The book isn't even very spicy/sensationalistic, if one likes that kind of thing. Even though there is a certain mystique about Mr. Bale that led me to want to read something about him, I actually found this book a bit boring. I'm left feeling like, even though I know a bit more about him, I have a sour taste left in my mouth that has more to do with this smug and narcissistic writer than with Mr. Bale and his family. I'm not sure which is worse, no information or misinformation. The latter, I suspect.
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. The authors motives seem clear because the only reason why they stopped working together is Christian wanted him to sign a nondisclosure agreement. This basically means that the author is doing what Christian feared that he would do, which is exploit his personal life.
After reading this book you will get the message that Christian's anger stems from the fact that he was taken advantage of and exploited by the people around him. Sadly, the author and this book is just another example of this exploitation. I feel guilty for spending money on this book because I feel that I rewarded a person who is exploiting someone who has been exploited all of his life. If you are a Christian Bale fan don't make the same mistake I made by rewarding this betrayal. Plus the book doesn't really tell you anything that you couldn't figure out by reading Christian's older interviews or tabloids. So it was a waste of money.
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