Christian Bale, one of the finest actors of his generation, is also one of those method actors who doesn’t rely on CGI and fat suits to transform his body for a role. He does it the old-fashioned way…by almost killing himself.
Over the years, we’ve seen him as a kid (Empire of The Sun, although, to be fair, he was a kid), to a buffed up Batman in movies like The Dark Knight Rises, to sickeningly gaunt in The Machinist.
No doubt that it must be way harder to get to both gaunt and buff than it was for Bale to transform himself for his latest effort, playing former Vice President Dick Cheney in the upcoming film, Backseat.
Although, technically, all of us a capable of this one. It’s going back the other way that is the tough part!