Back in 2017, Christian Bale put on a noticeable amount of weight to change himself into the former vice president for the biopic Vice, fading his eyebrows and eat pie ravenously to look more like Cheney. The star is no stranger to the dramatic weight change which the star constantly changing over the years for roles in various films from The Machinist to The Dark Knight. But, the back-to-back pressure of playing Cheney, then slimming down quickly to take the role as sports car racer Ken Miles in the upcoming film Ford v Ferrari, appears to have pushed the 45-year-old to the edge. In an interview, the actor stated he’s putting an end to the celluloid-driven weight fluctuations. Bale said: Yes. I keep saying I’m done with it. I really think I’m done with it, yeah. Gotta be.
Bale shed 70 pounds in a short window of time to get ready for Ford v Ferrari after playing Cheney. Despite all that, he’s done these quick turnarounds before, the star confessed that they’ve gotten harder and harder over the years.
Matt Damon,his Ford v Ferrari costar, commended him saying: [He] had a great time watching him [transform]. He’s got an incredible, monk-like discipline. He went from Dick Cheney to this guy, so he had to lose 70 pounds.
And Bale joked: I had to get in the car!
Going from muscular and ripped in the 2000 drama American Psycho to a startling 120 pounds for the 2004 drama The Machinist a weight loss which he ascribed to the absolutely brilliant method of just smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey; the Oscar-winning actor has been doing this for years. His doctors apparently convened a task force right then and there to stop the madness.
It took over the span of 15 years and even more dramatic weight changes (in The Fighter, in American Hustle) for their side to win. Damon alluded in the interview: You know when you’re on set and he’s like, ‘Oh, hold on, it’s my cardiologist, I have to take this!’ Yeah, you better take that call!