Christian Bale is one of the most famous actors in Hollywood, and everyone remember him in brilliant roles such as Batman, in Nolan’s trilogy, or American Psycho. And he has surprised cinema world one more time with his last lead-film: ‘Vice’, where he becomes Dick Cheney, the former George W Bush vice president. You would not recognize him in the teaser.
After watching it, the public couldn’t believe the complete transformation Bale undertook to become the politician. In preparation for the role, Bale assumed he would need to gain weight, completely forgetting about makeup and prosthetics. He shaved his head, bleached his eyebrows, and gained over 40kg. “You eat a lot of pies. You eat whatever’s handy. That’s what you do”, Bale told asked for his weight increase.
Directed by Adam McKay, ‘Vice’ shows Amy Adams as his wife Lynn Cheney, Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld. All of the famous actors are cloaked in some impressive adjustments to make their faces more similar to the ones the public knows so well from the Bush Administration during the early 2000s.
Extreme transformations career
Bale’s full-body transformation for ‘Vice’ is impressive, but it’s not the first time he has drastically changed his appearance for a role. In the past, Bale has transformed his body to play an insomniac machinist, a former boxer, an icon artist, and more, and each time, viewers have to do a double take to make the man on screen is, in fact, Christian Bale.
In ‘The machinist’ (2004), Bale stripped himself of muscle and dropped a staggering 28kg. One year later, the actor gained about 45kg to play Batman for Nolan, and he did so by binge-eating and lifting weights. Bale gained a lot of weight again to play ‘American Hustle’ Irving Rosenfeld. How did he gain over 9kg of fat? “I ate lots of doughnuts, a whole lot of cheeseburger, and whatever I could get my hands on. I literally ate anything that came my way”, revealed the actor.