A look back at Christian Bale's most dramatic transformations
Christian Bale is almost unrecognizable in the new movie "Vice." In order to emulate former vice president Dick Cheney, the 44-year-old actor, who normally weighs around 185, tipped the scales at 225 and donned a bald cap.
“I've just been eating a lot of pies." Bale joked in a Variety interview.
This isn’t the first time the Welsh actor has changed his appearance for a role, in fact it has become one of his signature moves.
In 2000, Bale took on the role of Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho." In order to play the jacked up murderer he worked out like crazy. "Working out took over my life," he told The Guardian. "I became fascinated with talking about the body, and diet, and the gym. It made me very judgmental of other people's bodies as well."
In 2004, he abandoned his healthy lifestyle and dropped over 60 pounds by basically starving himself. The weight loss made his eyes pop and ribs jut out for the shocking skeleton-like appearance needed to portray an unstable, insomniac factory worker in "The Machinist."
Less than a year later though, he packed on 30 pounds of muscle for "Batman Begins." The transformation with so immediate that he even made himself sick. His "Machinist" co-star Michael Ironside talked about the shocking change to Reddit AMA, “He walked in and looked like a linebacker.”
Though there were many other roles that required his body to change, fans were most shocked when Bale gained over 40 pounds to play the slimy con-artist David O. Russell in "American Hustle." This was the first time Bale admitted that the dramatic changes may not be the best for his health.
Which is why, when he was approached to play Cheney he consulted doctors. "I had never before gone to a doctor or a nutritionist about gaining or losing weight for my roles," Bale said on "CBS This Morning." "But eventually that caught up with me. So, finally...I decided that maybe somebody knows better than I do..."
He completed the look by shaving his head and bleaching his eyebrows. "It's helpful not to look like yourself," he explained to the Guardian. "If I look in the mirror and go, 'Ah, that doesn't look like me'—that's helpful."
Check out his most dramatic transformations above.