Have you seen Christian Bale around town recently? The artist formerly known as The Dark Knight has looked utterly unrecognizable since packing on the pounds to play former Vice President Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming Backseat biopic, which recently wrapped production for release later this year. “Now and then I like to shave my head, bleach my eyebrows and put on 40 pounds,” Bale said with a laugh while speaking to Yahoo Entertainment at the recent Los Angeles press day for the new drama Hostiles. In it, he plays an Army captain tasked transporting a dying Native American chief through treacherous frontier land in 1892.
Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale’s favorite movie is, reportedly, the wackadoo, critically demolished 1997 Chris Farley comedy Beverly Hills Ninja. Most of these sites don’t source this intel, though we were able to trace Bale’s first mention of the Farley film back to an Esquire interview from 2010.
You don’t know them and they don’t get the big bucks or grace the pages of celebrity magazines, but they are the amazing people who make your favourite actors look like superheroes on-screen. Say hello to the stunt doubles – you won’t watch an action sequence with any of these actors in the same way again.
Recently, we showcased the actors who piled on pounds for film roles, but now it’s time to go the other way and look at the actors who dramatically slimmed down. Undoubtedly the harder discipline of the two, some actors took the challenge to crazy extremes as this gallery explains.
In the new crime drama ‘Legend’ (expanding in theaters this week), Tom Hardy becomes just the latest in a long line of actors who’ve had us seeing double as they play identical twins in a movie. Click through for a mini-history of this time-tested cinematic phenomenon.
Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling — with those names getting top billing (in the exclusive poster above), you might think they’re the leads in a Legends of the Fall sequel. But no, the three heartthrob actors are seriously subverting their sex appeal in The Big Short, about a group of obscure finance guys who saw the credit and housing bubble collapse of the 2000s coming from miles away. Also starring Steve Carell and an ensemble that includes Oscar winners Marisa Tomei and Melissa Leo, the film marks a departure for director Adam McKay, best known for slapstick comedies Anchorman and Step Brothers. But, as McKay told Yahoo Movies in September, he geeked out on the material, based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Michael Lewis, who also wrote the true tale that became Sandra Bullock’s The Blind Side.