When it comes to gaining or losing weight for a role, none have shown more of a skill or willingness to do it than British actor Christian Bale.
Bale’s stable weight sits at around 185lbs/84kgs. Over the course of the past twenty years his insane physical transformations saw him jump up and down in size. He initially began by getting into great shape in “American Psycho” but called that his most restrictive diet ever for a film: “There were no cheat meals. No sugars, good fats, and low carbs.”
He then slimmed down to a dangerously low 120lbs/54kgs for “The Machinist,” jumped up to 220lbs/100kg for “Batman Begins,” slimmed down a little for “Rescue Dawn,” came back to normal for “The Dark Knight,” got down to very skinny again “The Fighter,” back to normal for “The Dark Knight Rises,” bumped up back to over 200lbs/90kgs for “American Hustle,” back to normal for “Exodus” and “The Big Short,” stacked on 40 pounds for “Vice,” and then lost 70 pounds for “Ford v Ferrari”.
Appearing on a CBS Sunday Morning this week (via EW), Bale announced that he’s pretty much done with yo-yoing his weight for roles: “I keep saying I’m done with it. I really think I’m done with it, yeah.” In 2014 Bale reportedly suffered a herniated disc after his “American Hustle” weight gain, and has been more open about his health concerns due to the rapid physical transformations and the toll they have taken on his system.