Happy birthday, Christian Bale, who was born 45 years ago on January 30 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. And happy birthday to Vice President Dick Cheney, who was born 78 years ago on January 30 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Oscar-winning actor for his supporting role in 2010’s “The Fighter” as a character called Dicky and the key supporting player in the George W. Bush administration who was known for being tricky apparently have more in common than anyone thought.
Foremost, of course, would be the fact that Bale stars as our 46th VP in the awards season candidate “Vice,” which is up for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. Alas, Bale has dipped to No. 2 in Gold Derby’s combined Oscar odds after Rami Malek won the Screen Actors Guild award on Sunday night for his performance as Queen front man Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Both actors earned Golden Globes in different categories — Malek for drama and Bale for comedy or musical. And both are facing off again for BAFTAs on February 10. We will see if Bale’s UK roots gives him a boost.
Bale, who gained 40 pounds to portray his elder birthday mate, has yet to win a lead Oscar although he was nominated in the category for his role as a con man in 2013’s “American Hustle.” He also was a supporting nominee for 2015’s “The Big Short,” which was directed by “Vice’s” Adam McKay.
But back to this odd case of birthday sharing. Those born under that horoscope water sign supposedly are unpredictable, intelligent, social, independent and excellent communicators. On the downside, they can be prone to unreliability, stubbornness, indecision and inflexibility.
Here is what one horoscope site predicts for someone born today: “There are so many possibilities available to you now that you may find it difficult deciding on which path is best. Even so you need to choose quickly because these positive influences won’t last long. Select a goal and go for it.” In other words, Christian Bale should grab any trophy he can get his hands on.