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
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Actress Sibi Blazic, guest and ctor Christian Bale attend The World Premiere of Lucasfilm's highly anticipated, first-ever, standalone Star Wars adventure, 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' at the Pantages Theatre on December 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Marc Flores/Getty Images for Disney)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic are seen on October 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor Christian Bale (L) and Sibi Blazic attend the 'The Promise' premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Irish Director Jim Sheridan, producer Mike Medavoy and actor Christian Bale at the The Promise TIFF party hosted by GREY GOOSE Vodka and Soho House Toronto on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka )
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic arrive at the premiere of Broad Green Pictures' 'Knight Of Cups' on March 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: (L-R) Teresa Palmer, Freida Pinto and Christian Bale arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Knight Of Cups' held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on March 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Actor Christian Bale posing at the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Actors Steve Carell, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling speak onstage at the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard and Christian Bale attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Screen Actors Guild Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actor Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for People Magazine)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: (L-R) Actors Christian Bale, Amy Schumer and director Adam McKay attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Christian Bale, winner of Best Actor in a Comedy for 'The Big Short,' speaks onstage during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Christian Bale, left, and Sibi Blazic attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Christian Bale attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic arrive at the 16th Annual AFI Awards on January 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic arrive at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 02, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02:Actor Christian Bale arrives at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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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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