Oct 23, 2011 1:16 PM GMT
Details magThe Academy Awards might have to create a new category. Something snappy, like Actor in a Leading Role That Required a Holy-Crap, Totally Extreme, Balls-to-the-Wall Transformation. If you're counting, Christian Bale would have snagged three or four by now. In the past 10 years, the 37-year-old Brit has yo-yoed his physique in a way that gives hope to every man who is looking to re-engineer his body. Think of how Bale sculpted his six-foot, 185-pound frame for his iconic portrayal of Patrick Bateman in 2000's American Psycho. Three years later, he shed 63 pounds (daily diet: apples and coffee) to play a tortured factory worker in The Machinist. "I do like, very much, the notion of seeing how far you can push yourself," Bale said. No shit. Within five months he had packed on 100 pounds of muscle for Batman Begins. Then along came The Fighter: Subtract 30 pounds, Mr. Bale. No problem. For that performance, Hollywood did reward him, with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Gregory Joujon-Roche, founder of L.A.'s Holistic Fitness and a celebrity trainer, says that Bale's results require "incredible commitment—a complete manipulation of diet and training." Forget Method acting—this is metamorphic acting.
People are talking about voluntary weight gain to obese levels just for "inspiring" other people. (Like that guy in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and that personal trainer)
Christian Bale is like the ultimate yo-yo. Call it an educated hunch, but I don't think such weight fluctuations are healthy. There are all kinds of genes turned on when people gain weight or lose weight, and who knows if some of them do permanent damage? (e.g. malnutrition in utero is associated with obesity later on in life)
Batman sequel coming...enough said.