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Christian Bale has pushed his body to the limit in order to play a wide variety of characters, from losing weight for movies like The MacHinist, bulking up for Batman, and packing on the pounds for American Hustle. People seem to be dumbfounded as to how he does all of this, seemingly with ease, but if the actor’s new prep for the upcoming Dick Cheney movie means anything it’s that getting... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Transforming his body for roles has become pretty standard for Christian Bale, who famously dropped 60+ pounds to play Trevor Reznik in The Machinist, got super-ripped for American Pyscho and Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, then let it all hang out for American Hustle. We assumed he’d alter his appearance again…
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- Danette Chavez
In order to accurately play his latest movie role, Christian Bale has packed on the pounds, becoming almost unrecognisable.
Bale is no stranger to drastic body transformations over the years, dropping an astonishing 65 pounds for The Machinist in 2004 and beefing up a year later for Batman Begins, to name just two examples.
Bale recently sat down with Variety at the Toronto Film Festival and talked about his latest transformation, with Bale saying that in order to gain the sufficient weight: “I’ve just been eating a lot of pies.”
- Samuel Brace
Christian Bale has gone through some shocking body transformations during his career, including losing 65 pounds and eating only an apple and a can of tuna a day for “The Machinist,” and then bulking up to play the Batman in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.
Bale sat down with the Variety Studio presented by At&T at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about his next transformation as the star of the upcoming Dick Cheney biopic. Bale said in order to develop the proper body type and gain weight, “I’ve just been eating a lot of pies.”
— Variety (@Variety) September 12, 2017
The upcoming film is currently untitled and has not yet begun filming. Adam McKay »
- Matt Fernandez
The Oscar-winner, 43, debuted the chubbier look this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, where he was in town to premier his upcoming movie Hostiles.
Bale, who also had his eyebrows dyed blonde to more closely resemble the polarizing politician, is starring as Cheney in the upcoming biopic Backseat. The film 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. »
- Mike Miller
Christian Bale ... is actually pictured here. Take it in. Believe it. That really is Christian at the Telluride Film Festival where he's promoting one movie, but clearly packing on the pounds for his next one. He's playing former VP Dick Cheney for a biopic, and his transformation is in full swing. Bale's famously gone through extreme weight changes -- for instance, "The Machinist" and his 'Batman' roles. But if ya find yourself missing Christian at his fighting weight ... blame Dick. »
- TMZ Staff
In conjunction with the world premiere of Scott Cooper’s western “Hostiles,” actor Christian Bale will receive a tribute to his screen legacy at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend. It’s a rare treat for the Oscar winner, who tends to avoid this kind of thing. But he’s passionate about the new film and, following a string of undeniable performances that many would say qualifies him as the greatest actor of his generation, now is as good a time as any to raise a glass to one of the great ongoing cinema careers.
Bale’s commitment to the form has been evident from the word go. A former child actor who effortlessly bridged the gap to an acclaimed run of commercial and art house successes, he has been noted for his versatility and dedication to character. His portfolio is wide and varied, so settling on his 10 best performances thus far, pre- »
- Kristopher Tapley
Much like Traffic Wardens, Estate Agents get a lot of stick. Viewed as the wheeler dealers of the house buying world, people believe that they will do anything to get their commission. Freehold (also known as Two Pigeons) explores one such dodgy agent, Hussein (Mim Shaikh), as he is tormented by an angry ex-client, Orlan (Javier Botet). Orlan’s revenge involves hiding in Hussein’s house and effectively becoming a living ghost. He haunts Hussein’s sleeping hours, wandering around the house conducting all manner of unspeakable acts – most of which involve his own bodily fluids. As Hussein is slowly driven mad, Orlan kick’s his campaign up a notch, will either of them survive what Orlan has in store?
Freehold is easily one of the most bizarre films committed to film this year. »
- Kat Hughes
Alessandro Nivola and Emily Mortimer have teamed up to produce Shawn Snyder's To Dust, starring Géza Röhrig (Saul in the Oscar-winning Son Of Saul, directed by László Nemes) and Matthew Broderick with cinematography by Xavi Giménez (Brad Anderson's The Machinist starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Alejandro Amenábar's Agora with Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella, Michael Lonsdale). Alessandro updated me from South Africa where he is starring with Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, and (Sir) Ben Kingsley in Gideon Raff's The Red Sea Diving Resort.
To Dust co-producer Alessandro Nivola Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
When I spoke with Alessandro last year on his role in Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon, before the film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, he mentioned a top secret project that he »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It goes without saying that Christian Bale is far and away one of the best “shape shifters” in Hollywood. The lengths he goes for roles from both a mental and physical perspective are second to none. Unfortunately I predict he has health problems later in life. There’s just no way what he does is safe. I mean we’re talking gaining 40-50 lbs for roles and then losing 40-50 lbs for roles. And he does this so often that it’s practically expected. If you’ve seen him in The Machinist where he was emaciated to the point of literal danger compared to
- Nat Berman
Given the right role, it’s distinctly possible that there’s nobody better in the business than Christian Bale. He can just own the screen and dominate a film. There’s a reason why he’s an Academy Award winner and slowly becoming someone that voters seem to look for a reason to cite. Oscar aside, he’s simply a throwback method style actor and that’s compelling for audience members. This week, he co-stars in The Promise, while also being rumored as the choice of filmmaker Adam McKay to play Dick Cheney in a biopic set for 2018. Even as a big time A-lister, the sky remains the limit for Bale. The film is a period piece, centered on a love triangle during the final days of the Ottoman Empire. Michael (Oscar Isaac), a rather brilliant medical student, is wooing the beautiful and highly sophisticated Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), but »
- Joey Magidson
What I’m about to write is probably going to catch a lot of flack, but here it goes – in terms of creating a horror movie experience, I actually prefer The Amityville Horror (2005) to the 1979 movie. While director Stuart Rosenberg’s original is well-made and features strong performances from its leads, I’ve never really been a fan of it, and thus, have found over the last decade or so a true admiration for what Amityville (2005) was able to bring to the table.
Not only does the remake give us deeper characters to invest in, better scares, and made the act of chopping wood absolutely one of the most horrifying things ever, but it also does what all good cinematic retellings should do – respect its roots but also steps out and does something different. So when it comes to all the Platinum Dunes remakes, I do think The Amityville Horror »
- Heather Wixson
How important is resemblance, really?
As we mentioned in our newsletter yesterday, Christian Bale is reportedly in talks to star as former vice president Dick Cheney in an Adam McKay helmed biopic, alongside Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney and Steve Carrell as Donald Rumsfeld. The news, broken by Variety, has lead to a host of reactions across the internet, including a number of Dark Knight and American Psycho related jokes because, you know, duh. Front and center in many of these reactions is speculation (though in some cases, anticipatory salivation might be more accurate) over how Bale will transform for the role.
After all, Christian Bale is known for physical metamorphoses that rank just below those of caterpillars on an impressiveness scale; he famously lost 60 pounds for his role in The Machinist (bringing the 6' actor to a skeletal 120-ish pounds), and afterwards went directly to Batman Begins, eating and weight-lifting his way to 220 pounds, which »
- Ciara Wardlow
Exclusive: Renaissance action film is being represented by Fortitude at this week’s Efm.
Production is scheduled to commence in July in Italy on the project that Fortitude International has introduced to international buyers at the European Film Market (Efm).
Dinklage will play a fearless man who proves his mettle and earns the trust of a prince after he conquers an all-time wrestling champion in a contest.
Once he has jockeyed for position next to the seat of power, the dwarf pledges his undying loyalty and resorts to assassinations and subterfuge in his merciless quest to protect his new master.
Sriram Das, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
This editorial must be started with a few things: First, I will not be including Lewis G Wilson, Robert Lowrey, or Adam West. They played Batman before many of us were born, it was a different time where campy jokes were abound, and I simply have never seen two of the three actors in action. Second, I am also not including the voice actors, and while Kevin Conroy is greatness, I can't list him here. Finally, I will try my best to not include the performance of the movie while judging the actor's work. At times this will be impossible, as seen in my pick for #5.
The problem for actors in portraying Batman is the fact that they also have to be Bruce Wayne as well. This can be problematic as the characters are almost a complete opposite from one another. Bruce Wayne is the mask of Batman, and it »
- Drew Carlton
15 items from 2017
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