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Christian Bale is well known for his transformations for roles. It seems he makes the moves between staked and skinny with relative ease.
When Bale played Marky Walhberg's drug-addicted older half-brother Dicky Eklund in The Fighter (for which he won an Oscar), he shed the pounds big time. But this was a piece of cake for Bale in comparison to the lengths he went to in preparation for 2003's The Machinist.
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He achieved his skeletal frame through a diet of "water, an apple and one cup of coffee per day, with the occasional whiskey", losing 62 pounds in the process. Legend has it he wanted to go even further, only for producers to stop him because he could die.
But six months later he was playing the lead role in Batman Begin and that time he had to bulk up through a high-protein diet and regime involving heavy-core, plyometrics and resistance training. He initially packed on a whopping 100 pounds, only for director Christopher Nolan to turn around and tell him to lose 20 because he'd got a bit too fat.
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And now Bale looks unrecognisable once again, as he playing former Vice President Dick Cheney in an up-coming bio pic. The role has meant him emulating the former VP's stocky frame and even dying his eyebrows to complete the aesthetic.
Just take a look:
Titled Backseat the film will explore the influence Dick Cheney wielded during the Bush administration and his considerable role in American foreign policy following 9/11.
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