Hollywood has witnessed many great stars, actors and directors who have delivered great performances over time. But it would be really hard to find an actor who is extremely obsessed with perfection and keeps pushing his body limits to extreme points, just to get a perfect look for his role in a movie. Yes, we are talking about none other, but the magnificent Christian Bale.
This talented British actor bagged the Golden Globe Award in 2011 for his remarkable performance as a former boxer in the movie The Fighter. Bale has pushed the limits a bit extra in his latest attempt. He gained massive weight and put on 40 lbs of pure fat for the role of Irving Rosenfeld in his latest flick American Hustle.
This is not the first time that Bale has pushed his body limits beyond expectations. He has a long list of episodes where sudden transformations of his body have startled his fans and colleagues. You can say that Christian Bale comes in every shape and size packed with extraordinary talent. Let’s check out some of the most unbelievable yet true transformations of Bale’s body.
In the year 1992, a 17-year old boy made his appearance on the screen as Jack Cowboy Kelly in the movie Newsies. The guy was none other than Christian Bale. At that time, no one had wondered what sort of perfectionist this guy will turn out to be.
Velvet Goldmine, 1998
This one can be considered as one of the most subtle of Bale’s physical transformations. In this movie, he appeared as a fully grown man.
American Psycho, 2000
For this role, Bale had a no make-up look as he wanted to portray a hardcore murderer. The requirement of this character in the movie was to depict a killer Patrick Bateman. This needed a well-sculpted body and Bale worked extremely hard for three hours per day, six days per week with a personal trainer, to achieve the look.
The Machinist, 2004
This is one of the most infamous transformations performed by Bale with his body. He had to play the role of a patient of insomnia Trevor Reznik in the movie The Machinist. As insomniac people lose a great extent of weight, hence Bale had to strip away all his hard built muscles in a very short period of time. For this, he adopted a very strict and harsh diet, which is not an easy task to follow for anyone else.He stuck to a single can of tuna fish or apple, black coffee and water.
This regime was followed by him for four long months. Meanwhile, he also shed a lot of sweat in the gym for a speedy weight loss. As a result of this, he lost a massive 63 lbs, which dropped his body weight to 121 lbs. This was not a healthy step and Bale’s health was at stake as such diet is only allowed and prescribed to excessively obese people.
Batman Begins, 2005
Immediately after shooting for The Machinist, Christian was again asked by Director Christopher Nolan to achieve a strong body that would suit the character of Batman. For this, he had only a few short months. Bale started consuming a very high carb diet and resumed his rigorous three-hour gym training sessions which helped him gain 60 lbs, which eventually added another 39 lbs to his body while he was busy shooting for the film.
Rescue Dawn, 2006
By this time, Bale became a pro in weight control. He could do almost anything with his body weight and time was just another unit for him. He faced no problem in shedding some pounds to get fit for this role. Rest was done by the make-up team.
The Fighter, 2012
In this movie, Christian Bale had to play an addicted former boxer Dicky Eklund. In order to shed some pounds to get fit for this role, Bale made a commitment to his cardio workouts and long running schedules.
American Hustle, 2014
Finally, Bale gets a chance to eat officially. In this movie, he plays a con artist with a soft and round body. To achieve this body figure, he indulged in excess of junk-food, cheeseburgers and gained 40 lbs.
Exodus: Gods and Kings, 2014
Moses cannot be seen with flab hence this role in Exodus: Gods and Kings again put Christian into weight loss mode and now he has slimmed down to a great extent as compared to American Hustle.
Whether it is putting massive pounds over his body or losing a whole lot of bunch from his body, Bale knows what to eat and what to do to get his desired results.