Wednesday, May 25

Christian Bale’s impressive physical changes throughout his career

Cinema is a very tough discipline in which actors, in order to get fully into the role they are going to play, undergo physical changes or even experience their character’s way of life to perfectly convey what they want to capture. One of them is Christian Bale, whose physical changes are as impressive as his acting talent.

This variant of acting is called method acting, defined as a “means of training actors as a technique for their work in roles”. It involves the in-depth study of the character. Other famous method actors include Marlon Brando, Robert de Niro or Bale.

Variations in both weight and look make the American actor one of the most involved in his work, even to the point of being detrimental to his health. Here we show you the movies for which Bale has had to undergo some tough diets.

‘American Psycho’

This film, from 2000, combines black humor with horror. Mary Harron was the co-writer and director of the film based on the novel of the same name by Brest Easton Ellis. The actor had to step into the shoes of Patrick Bareman, a New Yorker who discovers he loves blood. He weighed up to 86 kg.

‘The Machinist’

Subsequently, he prepared for the character of ‘The Machinist’ with his interpretation of Reznik. The character was a factory worker who suffers from various psychological problems. The actor had to lose 25 kilos in four months.

‘The Fighter’

In the film ‘The Fighter’, the American revealed in an interview that he underwent a heavy diet because he had to give life to a welterweight boxer, thus reaching 65 kg.

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Another of his famous works was ‘Batman’. To play the superhero to perfection, Christian Bale was aware that he had to gain muscle and for this he underwent long hours of training and a strict diet. He came to weigh a total of 86 kg.

‘American Hustle’

In ‘American Hustle’, the actor reached… 104 kilos! A considerable weight gain and in such a short time that took its toll on his personal life. Christian Bale even wondered if so much effort was really worth it.


One of his last works was the film ‘Vice’, where he reincarnated Dick Cheney, a role for which he had to reach 103 kilos. A brutal physical change, but the following year he had to change it radically for ‘Ford vs Ferrari’, where he dropped to 70 kilos.


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