Flashback: 13-year-old Christian Bale's first 'ET' interview in 1987

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Flashback: 13-Year-Old Christian Bale's First 'ET' Interview in 1987


Oscar winning actor Christian Bale is back in theaters Dec. 12th to take on the role of Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings -- but he first caught our attention when he was just 13 years old.

ET met young Christian back in 1987 to talk about his starring role in the Steven Spielberg war drama, Empire of the Sun, where he played a young boy from a wealthy family, captured and forced to live in a Japanese confinement camp during World War II.

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Flashback: 13-year-old Christian Bale's first 'ET' interview in 1987
Christian Bale attends the premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at The Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
English actor Christian Bale poses for photographers during the premiere of the film 'Exodus' in Madrid, on Thursday Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Christian Bale, left, and Sibi Blazic arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Christian Bale, David O'Russell and Bradley Cooper pose for photographers on the red carpet at the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday Feb. 16, 2014, in London. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Christian Bale arrives on the red carpet for the film American Hustle during the International Film Festival Berlinale, in Berlin, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)
Christian Bale arrives at the 86th Oscars Nominees Luncheon, on Monday, Feb., 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
FILE - This Dec. 8, 2013 file photo shows actor Christian Bale at the premiere of "American Hustle" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Bale was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, for his role in "American Hustle." The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 2. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
This film image released by Sony Pictures shows, from left, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from "American Hustle." (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Francois Duhamel)
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, left, and actor Christian Bale stand together during the annual Human Rights First Dinner at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in New York. Guangcheng, a blind lawyer and activist made headlines earlier this year after the Chinese government allowed him to travel to the U.S. following his escape from house arrest and request for American protection. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Actor Christian Bale and his wife Sibi Blazic visit a memorial to the victims of Friday's mass shooting, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed when a gunman opened fire during a late-night showing of the movie "The Dark Knight Rises," which stars Bale as Batman. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Actors Christian Bale and Tom Hardy are seen at the UK premiere screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' at the BFI IMAX on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in London, UK. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Christian Bale arrives at the Batman - The Dark Knight Rises European Premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on Wednesday July 18, 2012 in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Cast members Gary Oldman, left, Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale pose together at the world premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater on Monday July 16, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Christopher Nolan, director of "The Dark Knight Rises," poses with cast members, from left, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Christian Bale during his hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
From left, Gary Oldman, and Christian Bale are seen onstage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 3, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
From left, Gary Oldman Christian Bale, and Joseph Gordon -Levitt are seen onstage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 3, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Christian Bale, right, star of the upcoming film "The Dark Knight Rises," gives the film's director Christopher Nolan a hug during Nolan's hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Octavia Spencer , right, poses with presenter Christian Bale and her award for best supporting actress for "The Help" during the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Actor Christian Bale, left, and his wife Sibi Blazic arrive for the screening of the film 'The Flowers Of War' (Jin Ling Shi San Chai) at the 62 edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
This undated film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, left, and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle in a scene from the action thriller "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Ron Phillips)
Christian Bale, left, best supporting actor, Natalie Portman, best actress, second from left, Melissa Leo, best supporting actress, and Colin Firth, best actor, pose backstage with their Oscars at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Christian Bale poses backstage with presenter Reese Witherspoon and the Oscar for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "The Fighter" at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Christian Bale and his wife, Sibi Bale arrive before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Best Supporting Actor winner Christian Bale and his wife Sibi attend The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures awards gala at Cipriani's 42nd Street on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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The role might seem like a difficult one for a young actor, but acting came quite naturally to Bale who told ET, "I was really nervous, but I wouldn't call it that difficult. I wouldn't say it's a really difficult sort of job."

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Bale decided to take on acting after his older sister encouraged him to give it a shot.

"I just really enjoy it. I just sometimes get really bored when I'm just at home and keep doing the same things," said Bale. "At first, it was just like a change really, and then I realized I enjoyed it so much -- why not carry on?"

Even with his new found fame, he managed to stay humble.

"I want to just carry on as normal -- with my friends, they treat me as before and I think that's really good," said Christian, adding that he doesn't like when people find out he starred in a film, "I prefer them just to leave me as just a normal kid."

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When asked if he wanted to keep acting he said, "I don't know yet -- I haven't like made up my mind. After this film, it encouraged me to carry on -- but I'm still not going to make up my mind yet."

Thankfully he did!

Watch this video to see 13-year-old Christian Bale's very first interview with ET.

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