Christian Bale has been dedicated and disciplined in controlling his weight for film roles, famously losing 65 pounds and eating only an apple and a can of tuna a day for The Machinist (2004), bulking up his muscle mass for American Psycho (2000) and The Dark Knight trilogy, and sporting a pot belly in American Hustle (2013).
Hollywood Reporter has posted on the Instagram account a short interview with Christian Bale. The actor looks unrecognizable as he gains weight to play Vice President Dick Cheney in an upcoming biopic. Asked about how he’d done it at Toronto International Film Festival this week, he smiled and said that ‘I’ve just been eating a lot of pies.’
Bale was not an obvious casting choice for Cheney in ‘Backseat’ in terms of appearance, nor was Steve Carell as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The pair will reunite with The Big Short (2015) director Adam McKay for the film, joined by Bale’s American Hustle co-star Amy Adams.
Cheney served as George W. Bush’s VP between 2001 and 2009 and was a key player in US foreign policy during that time, particularly with regards to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Christian Bale, born on January 30th, 1974, is currently promoting his latest movie called ‘Hostiles’, about a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory in 1892. His upcoming movies are ‘Backseat’, where he will play Dick Cheney, and ‘Jungle Book’, where he will be Bagheera. Bale has been nominated for an Oscar for three times and won in 2011 for ‘The Fighter’. He has been married to Sibi Blazic since 2000 and they have 2 children.