Christian Bale will forever be Batman in our eyes, so it's always strange to hear the actor swap accents for his native English pronunciation — as in the case of this 1987 VHS video. The actor is only 13 years old in this clip, interviewed by Gene Shalit during the promotion for Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun. He describes meeting the master director, seeing E.T.'s head in Spielberg's office, and comments on his lack of love for the location shoot in China.
Bale played Jim Graham in the film and was chosen from over 4,000 child actors. Even at a young age, Bale was an intense and very serious personality, with clear drive and focus. "I definitely want to do acting now," he comments at the end of the conversation. We'd be remiss to not mention his wonderful Cosby sweater and helmet hair — both giving Shalit's signature mustache a run for its money. Enjoy some vintage Bale, courtesy of Filmmaker IQ, below.