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Christian Bale Is Sick And Tired Of His "Miserable" Body Transformations

Esquire (UK) logo Esquire (UK) 07/12/2018 Nick Pope
Christian Bale wearing a suit and tie: He piled on the pounds to play Dick Cheney in Vice © Getty Images He piled on the pounds to play Dick Cheney in Vice

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Christian Bale has been through more body transformation than a reality show cast-off shilling their 37th bums & tums DVD, but it sounds like his yo-yo-ing days could well be behind him.

The actor famously lost 62 pounds for The Machinist, became a brick sh**house for American Psycho and Batman and expanded his waistline for American Hustle and his latest film, Vice.

a man wearing glasses: Christian Bale Is Tired Of Body Transformations © Annapurna Pictures Christian Bale Is Tired Of Body Transformations

It seems his efforts to fit the role of Dick Cheney has sparked a realisation in Bale, however, who revealed in a recent Mowgli junket that he won’t be taking on such a damaging diet for future projects.

“It’s miserable. It’s horrible. If you’re losing weight, there’s nothing to it except for going to bed hungry and feeling miserable. Not socialising with anybody because generally food or some sort of drink tends to be involved in socialising. But a great sense of really getting control over yourself.

“[Gaining weight] is the complete opposite. You’re absolutely just losing all discipline and gorging like crazy. I need to stop it, it’s not healthy for your body. I’m in my mind-40s now, it’s going to start catching up with me if I don’t start being a little bit aware of my mortality.

"I have almost always enjoyed transformation – mental and physical, sometimes it can be a great help to look in the mirror and not see yourself, in terms of being able to remove yourself from any kind of a character. I’m glad I did, but I think it should be in the past now.”

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