Christian Bale fending off dragons in ‘Reign Of Fire’ (2002)
Christian Bale clearly needed to be in fine shape for “Reign Of Fire”, as his character Quinn Abercromby was tasked with saving the fate of mankind from fire-breathing dragons in the 2002 blockbuster.
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Down to 120 pounds for ‘The Machinist’ (2004)
This is the first real example of Christian Bale going all out for a role, as he dropped at least 62 pounds down to 120 lbs for the film. He achieved this with a diet of just an apple, water, and one cup of coffee per day. Bale actually wanted to get down to 99 lbs, but filmmakers wisely insisted he’d already done more than enough.
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Just six months to beef up and become Batman (2005)
After ”The Machinist” Christian Bale then just had six months to turn into the Caped Crusader for “Batman Begins”. It’s believed that Bale put 100 pounds on in this time. In fact, Bale went a little too far as he was actually too big at the start of production, so director Christopher Nolan told him to lose 20 lbs just before shooting.
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Christian Bale sheds again for ‘Rescue Dawn’s’ POW (2006)
After “Batman Begins” Christian Bale was cast as the Vietnam Prisoner Of War Dieter Dengler in Werner Herzog’s “Rescue Dawn:, a part he lost 55 pounds for in order to do it justice. Rather kindly, Herzog shot “Rescue Dawn” in reverse so Bale could put the weight back on after losing it for the start of filming.
Another 30 pound drop for 'The Fighter’s' crack addict (2010)
After “The Dark Knight” Christian Bale was required to keep the bulk for “Terminator Salvation”, before dropping a little for “Public Enemies”. However, after being cast as crack addict Dicky Ecklund in The Fighter Bale then really needed to shrink down in order to look gaunt. Bale lost 30lbs to play Ecklund, but also picked up a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his troubles.
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Bulking up for ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)
While it wasn’t quite as intense as his weight gain for “Batman Begins”, Christian Bale’s transformation between “Rescue Dawn” and “The Dark Knight” was still impressive, as he put on around 20 lbs. Although in between these films he worked on “The Prestige”, ”3:10 To Yuma” and “I’m Not There” before then really beefing up for his return as Batman.
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Back to beefy for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012)
Following “The Fighter” Christian Bale got back to his normal size for “The Flowers Of War”, gaining somewhere around 20 lbs. After shooting the period historical war drama Bale then added 10 more pounds, which he then honed into shape for his final outing as Bruce Wayne in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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Bale goes big for ‘American Hustle’ (2013)
As Irving Rosenfeld in “American Hustle” Christian Bale finally landed a role where he could just gain weight without then having to hit the gym. Bale apparently put on about 50 lbs for the film, which he then subsequently lost for the likes of “Exodus: Gods And Kings”, “Knight Of Cups”, “The Big Short”, “The Promise”, and “Hostiles”.
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Unrecognizable as ‘Backseat’s’ Dick Cheney (2017)
It’s still hard to know exactly what Christian Bale will look like as Dick Cheney. Apart from the eyebrows, all we’ve got to go in the actor’s portlier features.
At least he looks much happier, though. Not just here with Gary Oldman ...
Bale also couldn’t help but beam throughout his variety of other photo shoots at the Telluride Film Festival. Either he’s hugely excited about playing Dick Cheney, or fat men really are just jollier.
Christian Bale is at it again. Over the years the British actor’s weight has repeatedly fluctuated as he has taken on more and more eclectic roles. But this might be his most drastic increase yet, as the British actor was obviously plumper during his appearance at the Telluride Film Festival last weekend.
“The Machinist”, “Batman Begins”, and “American Hustle” actor debuted his latest weight gain while out promoting his new film “Hostiles”. Bale doesn’t actually look that different in Scott Cooper’s western. Instead, Bale has been piling on the pounds for his role as the former Vice President Dick Cheney in “Backseat”, which is set to begin filming later this month.
Bale hasn’t just put on more weight, though. The Academy Award winner also debuted his dyed blonde eyebrows at the Telluride Film Festival, while Bale will almost certainly soon have his head shaved bald for the role, too. Christian Bale is re-teaming with writer and director Adam McKay for “Backseat”, having previously worked with the filmmaker on “The Big Short”. “Backseat” also stars Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell as former President George W. Bush, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, and Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller.
It hasn’t yet been revealed whether or not the above actors have gone to the same extremes as Bale for their parts, while we’re still waiting for the exact details regarding how much Bale has actually put on. It will have to go some way to matching the 70 pounds he lost for “The Machinist” or the 100 he then gained for “Batman Begins”, though.
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You can take a look back through the various different weights that Christian Bale was had for film roles by clicking through the pictures above. Starting with a shot of Bale looking in fine fettle for 2002’s “Reign Of Fire” and then ending with his much rounder shape ahead of production on “Backseat.”