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EW Staff
February 13, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Christian Bale: He played Jesus — what’s he done since?

WHAT IT IS A tepidly received TV movie in which the story of Jesus is seen through the eyes of his mom, who is portrayed as feisty and outspoken instead of a quiet bystander

COSTARS Pernilla August (Star Wars Episodes I and II) as Mary, Mark Jax (Merlin) as Peter

HIS CAREER B.C. He kicked up his heels in the 1992 flop musical Newsies and got his glitter-rock groove on in the cult hit Velvet Goldmine (1998).

HIS CAREER A.D. He played yuppie by day, serial killer by night Patrick Bateman in 2000’s American Psycho, and has teamed with director Christopher Nolan on a couple projects you may have heard of: the reboot of the Caped Crusader franchise (2005’s Batman Begins and its sequel The Dark Knight, due in 2008), and the turn-of-the-century-magic movie The Prestige.

FINAL JUDGMENT Bale had the right first name for playing Christ, but it’s the role of Bruce Wayne that’s finally made him a star.

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