Actor Christian Bale Packs On Weight To Portray Dick Cheney

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-09-07

Christian Bale’s Latest Metamorphosis 

Christian Bale | Photo Credit PK Baseline

Over the years, method actor Christian Bale as lost or gained weight by incredible amounts for various roles. The actor was in incredible shape for American Psycho and then dropped down to skin-and-bones for The Machinist in 2004.

A year later, he put on weight to play Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and then dropped down to a starvation state for Rescue Dawn. He was muscular for the second Batman film and then thin again for The Fighter as Dicky Eklund, where he won an Oscar. 

He’s only gained a great deal of weight once for American Hustle in 2013, but now he’s doing it again to play Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s new film, Backseat.

Bale Arrives Overweight At Telluride

Christian Bale | Photo Credit Getty

Christian Bale arrived at the Telluride Film Festival to promote his upcoming movie Hostiles, but he surprised everyone with his weight gain and blonde-dyed eyebrows—both meant for the new role.

Page Six writes:

Backseat, which is set to begin filming this month, is a biopic about how Cheney’s politics “changed the world.” It also stars Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell as former President George W. Bush, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller.

It’s unclear how serious this film may be as McKay’s last film, The Big Short, was dramatic, but most of his other credits are comedies.

Adam McKay’s The Big Short Wins Oscar

The Big Short | Photo Credit Reels of Cinema

Adam McKay began his career working with Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live and the original Anchorman film. Then he worked on Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, Eastbound & Down, and Anchorman 2, among various other comedic shorts.

The Big Short was something different all-together. McKay’s 2015 film tackled the housing bubble collapse in the mid-2000s where big banks fought for greed rather than to help their customers.

The comedy-drama starred Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and won an Oscar.

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