London, June 1 : He might be starring in the biggest grosser of recent times, but Batman star Christian Bale was so broke five years back, that he even had his house repossessed, revealed the actor himself.
Though he was cast in American Psycho in 2000 and Reign of Fire in 2002, his low earnings had landed him into deep debt, because of which he and his wife Sibi Blazic had to be forced out of their house.
However, the Welsh-born actor claims that he is not the only celebrity to face such a situation, as many before have also been through hard times.
"I don't believe that there's an actor alive who hasn't been in that position - and in that position many years after people recognise you and have a very wrong impression of what they imagine your life to be like," The Sun quoted him, as telling Details magazine.
When asked about when exactly he had his encounter with debt, he said: "I know absolutely when it was. I'm just trying to decide how comfortable I am talking about it. (It's) only going back five years. House repossession - all that."
Bale also said that he did all those big screen roles just to earn buck to clear his debt, including one particular movie that he refused to name.
The actor, whose second Batman film, The Dark Knight, is releasing in July, said: "I won't tell what it was, but it was following closely on the heels of (the repossession). It ended up that I found a great many experiences from it - but the motivation was completely keeping the head above water."
After doing roles in The Machinist, Batman Begins Harsh Times in 2004 and 2005, Bale became one of Hollywood's highest earners.