A Disney movie featuring Christian Bale that you probably have never seen!

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The role of the gravelly-voiced Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy is, of course, the one for which Christian Bale is most known. He is also an Oscar-winning actor who has starred in a number of highly regarded and loved drama films. He’s not well recognised for singing and dancing in musicals, though. However, Christian Bale was truly a child actor before, with his debut film coming out when he was just 13 years old. A Disney musical that had a poor box office performance included one of his early appearances.

One of Steven Spielberg’s less well-known and underappreciated films, Empire of the Sun from 1987, featured Christian Bale in his breakout performance. It takes place in Shanghai during World War Two, and Bale portrays a wealthy British ex-pat who is put in a camp and isolated from his parents.

Bale played the lead role in the 1992 film Newsies, which was directed by Kenny Ortega (Hocus Pocus, the High School Musical trilogy). At the time, Bale was still a teenager. Additionally, “Headlines don’t sell papes; newsies sell papes” is an absolutely iconic line from the movie. It tells the story of the 1899 New York City newsboy strikes. One of the main characters is David Moscow, who portrays a young Tom Hanks in the film Big.

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Newsies has the dubious distinction of being one of Disney’s least successful live-action productions in terms of box office take. It made less than $3 million on a $15 million budget after being withdrawn from most theatres due to its opening weekend box office performance.

But, well, because Newsies aired on The Disney Channel, many individuals grew up with a passion for adolescent film and had early crushes on actor Christian Bale. In 2011, a stage musical was created based on it and it now has a sizable fan base.