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Christian Bale shows off fuller figure after piling on the pounds for Dick Cheney role

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 05/09/2017 alistair foster
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Christian Bale shocked fans when he showed off his new fuller physique at a film festival in the United States.

The Oscar-winning star, 43, has piled on the pounds for his latest role: former vice president Dick Cheney in the forthcoming biopic Backseat.

He was at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado to promote his new film Hostiles, where he also collected the Telluride Silver Medallion, a special award recognising achievement in the film industry.

It is not the first time the actor has transformed dramatically for a role.

New look: Christian Bale and Wes Studi attend the Telluride Film Festival (VivienKillilea/Getty) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited New look: Christian Bale and Wes Studi attend the Telluride Film Festival (VivienKillilea/Getty)

In 2004’s The Machinist he lost four and half stones to play an emaciated insomniac, while he later piled on muscle to play Batman in The Dark Knight movies.

Bale is already creating an Oscar buzz for his performance in the Western Hostiles, in which he plays a 19th century army captain taking a terminally ill Cheyenne Indian back to his homeland to die after being pardoned for murder.

Gallery: 19 actors who made extreme body transformations (Provider: Digital Spy)

Body transformation composite: It's one thing to dye your hair or lose a few pounds for a role. Right or wrong, that's pretty much accepted as part of the business of show. But these actors went not just one step further, but right down the garden path and out into the wilds for their art… 19 actors who made extreme body transformations
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