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No More Weight Loss Extremes for Christian Bale

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...

Reader Comments (13)

good, cause I'm not interested in seeing it...

Friday, May 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulian Francis

The weight loss for The Machinist impresses me less than the muscle gain for Batman Begins.

To start from scratch and build that much muscle shows that he is fortunate in the metabolism department.

Also, the body actually copes better with starvation that with obesity so, I think Bale will be fine.

More to the point is Bale's acting skills which seem to be regressing. He comes across as ever more uptight for each movie.

Also his behaviour on set and during family reunions seems to reveal a certain amount of uptightedness.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLengthy Johnson

Yeah, to go from 120 to a reported 210 or so in a matter of just a few months is pretty astonishing.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterGet The Big Picture

Now it seems like he's starving himself again, however... He's one of my absolute favorites, and his capability to gain and lose weight like this impresses me in a way. But I don't think it's completely sane and I hope he won't kill himself in the process. :-|

Thursday, July 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLena

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Sunday, November 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

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Friday, February 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJay B.

Wow, i wonder what he eat and what his work out routine was, amazing amount of weight he put on.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTop G

wonder what he ate.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertop Grade Acai

What he did was totally risky for his health. But he pulled it off pretty well. And now here we are wondering how Christian Bale did it so quick and nice like that. Through some Batman powers, probably?

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Flink

I don't agree that it is easier to lose that kind of weight than to build back up to the size he did for batman begins.
The only way it would be easier was if you had some sort of mental disorder such as anorexia, but for any one who enjoys their food it is an extremely difficuilt task. It's hard enough to go on that kind of diet for a few days but to do it for months is an amazing feat of mind control.

As for building back up, that would have been relatively easy, he would have put half that weight on within a couple of months just by eating a regular diet, then he would have been able to train properly and would have began to bulk up with diet and probably some steroids eventually to 230, when that cycle of building was complete he would have then spent time stripping off the excess water and fat probably again aided by some steroids to leave the defined muscular 190 he finished at....It's not as hard as it sounds especially if you have the training, chemical and nutritional know how which i'm sure Bale does..

Friday, June 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

great post !!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClenbuterol
I am sick to death of these actors that go mental on the crews.
Monday, September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmazing Abs
Damn good blog!
Monday, September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmazing Abs

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