The Welsh actor opens up about being the Dark Knight, never having a plan B, and always swimming against the current.
-By Adam Higginbotham
-Photographs by Steven Klein
Our exclusive video of Bale's cover shoot with photographer Steven Klein
At the end of a warm spring day, as rays of amber sunlight flash off the ocean and the first early-evening drinkers begin to gather, Christian Bale arrives at a bar in Santa Monica. He's wearing a baggy blue shirt, untucked, khaki pants, and New Balance sneakers. A black baseball cap is pulled low over his eyes, and the beginnings of a beard bristle along his jaw. He attracts little attention.