Friday, May 29, 2009 at 8:43PM
It looks like we won't see another pendulum swing for Christian Bale's weight anytime in the future. The actor famously dropped over 60 pounds for The Machinist - walking around at over six feet tall and weighing a mere 120 pounds - and then immediately packed on close to 85 pounds for Batman Begins, but now he admits he's proven he can do it and probably won't be tempted to again.
"I wouldn't want to take it to that extreme again, because firstly, it was necessary to lose weight for that role - not as much as I did - but it was a challenge mentally to see if I was capable of doing such a thing," Bale told reporters while promoting Terminator Salvation. He also dropped a significant amount of weight during the production of Rescue Dawn.
"I know that I can now, so there would need to be a certain gimmick if I was to do that all over again. But I do like, very much, the notion of seeing how far you can push yourself so I'm very happy that I did that. Everybody told me that I was risking my health the first time around, so doing it twice? I'm probably being an idiot."The secret for the Machinist weight loss was a steady diet of a can of tuna and an apple a day for several months, but now Bale would be happy to take a physical transformation to another extreme. "Hey, listen. It sounds like so much more fun, getting to sit down with a big bowl of pasta and beer and wine, that sounds so good," he said. "Maybe we could do that if we do another Terminator - we could have a rotund John Connor!" Well, if nothing else, Connor might develop a personality for the sequel that way. Bale mentioned the word "gimmick" and I don't know if it's that so much as it is just part of the job that comes up rarely. Raging Bull, The Machinist, Cast Away - these are the sorts of roles where actors or actresses really need to put their bodies through all of that. It's the reporting of it that gets out of control, like a baseball announcer too consumed with stats. So Charlize Theron went up a couple sizes for Monster and Clooney got fat for Syriana. It's really not that big a deal unless you do what Bale did in about an 18-month stint. It's no different that getting in ridiculous condition for an action movie or spending weeks learning gun techniques. Just part of the gig. But as far as the weight loss stuff goes, Bale is the unquestioned king. Probably shaved about five years off his life, but...