Christian Bale's crazy body transformations over the years have been highly applauded by his fans. However, the actor now admits that it has taken a major toll on his health.
Christian Bale and the extreme body transformations he's gone through for his movie roles over the years has been a highly discussed topic for years now. Very few actors have what it takes to completely mold themselves to the requirements of the role.
Apart from the physical strain that comes with making such severe changes to the body, and the dedication required to do so, it also takes a substantial toll on one's mental health. Despite all this, Bale has displayed exemplary acting talent in the movies that matched his physical appearance. However, the 'Vice' actor has now admitted that he can no longer go on like this.
According to a Daily Mail report, Bale revealed his inhibitions with continuing to this behavior while talking to the Sunday Times' Culture magazine. "I can't keep doing it. I really can't. My mortality is staring me in the face," the 44-year-old actor told the publication.
The star who put on 3st 4lbs to portray George Bush's Vice President Dick Cheney in 'Vice' confessed that he felt like a t**t when Gary Oldman told him he hadn't put on any weight for his role as Winston Churchill in the former British Prime Minister's biopic 'The Darkest Hour'.
'The Dark Knight' star, who recently won a Golden Globe and is in line for an Oscar this year, said: "By this time I'm 20lb in. I said, 'Wait - none?' I felt like such a t**t, but I thought: 'I'm on this road; I'm going to keep going'."
The actor added that his transformations weren't fair to his wife, model Sibi Blazic, who has had to put up with all the repercussions of his extreme physical changes throughout the course of his career. While he admits that Blazic has had to endure a lot, Bale says there's one member in his family who loves his fluctuating body weight.
"My son loved the tummy. He would just bounce up and down on that a lot and headbutt it and bounce off it and fall to the floor," said Bale laughing. Similar to his role in 'Vice', the actor has had to put on extra pounds for his characters in 'American Hustle' and 'The Big Short'.
On the other hand, his work in the 2004 hit 'The Machinist', required him to lose weight. He lost a shocking 62lbs for the role of Trevor Reznik, a man who suffered from insomnia and some psychological problems. To gain the extremely thin physical appearance of the character, Bale famously lived on a diet of one apple a day and drank only water and a single cup of coffee per day.
Speaking about shedding most of his body mass, Bale said at the time: "It's an amazing experience doing that. When you're so skinny that you can hardly walk up a flight of stairs … you're, like, this being of pure thought. It's like you've abandoned your body."
Though the world was extremely in awe of the actor for having gone to such lengths for a role, his co-star in the movie, Michael Ironside later revealed that the transformation, which could've done serious damage to Bale's health, was not originally included in the script of the movie. Instead, it was Bale's decision to make the shocking transformation to best portray the character.
"The writer is only about five-foot-six, and he put his own weights in. And then Chris did the film and Chris said, 'No, don't change the weights. I want to see if I make them. So those weights he writes on the bathroom wall in the film are his actual weights in the film," said Ironside.
In just six weeks, his weight plummeted to a dangerous 121 pounds, the 6 foot tall Bale swiftly bulked up to play the Caped Crusader in 'Batman Begins'. To gain the weight in such a short time, he lived on a diet of pizza and ice cream. Seeing as how rapid weight gain is just as perilous as a rapid weight loss, this was yet another high-risk move on the actor's part.
Bale has previously opened up about the damage it did to his health and said: "In that short amount of time I did actually go from 121 lbs right back up to 180 lbs which is way too fast so that resulted in some doctor visits to get things sorted out."
Meanwhile, the Evening Standard reported that Bale's transformation in 'Vice' did not come cheap. The film's producer Kevin J Messick revealed in a recent Q&A session that the actor had handed them a $3,000 bill for a machine that would help him get a thicker neck similar to the former US vice president.
"Bale is so detailed. He had fly fishing [a hobby of Cheney’s] and movement coaches to get Cheney’s gait right, but the weirdest bill we got was for a $3,000 neck machine. He wanted to exercise the muscles to look more like Dick," said Messick.
Adding to it, director Adam McKay said: "He thickened his entire neck in this crazy way. He is wearing a fat suit for parts of the film. He thickened his entire neck in this crazy way. He is wearing a fat suit for parts of the film. He needed some of the weight for himself to feel the character, so he did put on weight, but we didn’t want him to go beyond a certain point for the early years. We also insisted he did it with a doctor."