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Christian Bale’s 7 Most Extreme Body Transformations

Men's Journal Logo By Matthew Jussim of Men's Journal | Slide 1 of 8

Over the course of his four-decade career, Christian Bale has made transforming his body for movie roles into a work of art. Whether it’s gaining muscle to play the iconic superhero Batman, or beefing up to play Vice President Dick Cheney, like he did for 2018’s Vice, there’s nothing Bale won’t try to get more into character.

To play Cheney, Bale added a lot of weight to his frame, shaved his head, and dyed his eyebrows to get an accurate look of the former vice president.

But transforming his physical appearance isn’t always easy, and Bale has spoken about the toll it’s taken on his body. “I did actually start to feel I was putting my body under too much pressure because I put on 100 pounds in five months,” Bale said to IGN in an interview about his training to get in shape for Batman.”

Click through the slideshow above for the most intense, most extreme Christian Bale body transformations from his career.

© L: Greig Fraser / Annapurna Pictures, R: Getty Images
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