Christian Bale was in for a bit of a treat when he stopped by “Good Morning America” to promote his new movie “Out of the Furnace” on Dec. 6. Though he’s been a frequent visitor of the show, the ABC morning show reached into its vault to bring up an early appearance.

In the surprise clip from Dec. 18, 1987 — almost 26 years to the day — the then-13-year-old Bale talked about his breakout role as Jim Graham in “Empire of the Sun.” “I mean, I really enjoyed being at the premiere and I quite liked all the cameras, but I’m quite happy just to relax at home at the moment,” the teenager said.

The appearance had Bale cracking up, as his younger self didn’t quite get what he wanted. After all, Bale continue to stay popular after his Steven Spielberg from thanks to roles in “Newsies” and “Little Women,” and solidified himself as a leading man in 2000’s “American Psycho,” 2002’s “Reign of Fire” and 2004’s “The Machinist.” Now he’s known best as Batman from Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy and an Oscar-winner thanks to his role in “The Fighter.”

“Oh, poor little fella,” Bale says. “He didn’t know what was going on.”

Posted by:Terri Schwartz