Christian Bale Packs On 40 Pounds For Portrayal Of Dick Cheney In ‘Vice’
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Fans who enjoyed Christian Bale’s performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Dark Knight franchise won’t likely recognize him in his newest film.
The star, who’s made a habit of physically transforming himself for a role, gained 40 pounds in preparation for his uncanny portrayal of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in the upcoming biopic, Vice.
Bale’s most recent shape-shift is another addition to the list of his dramatic physical transformations, including his 2004 role in The Machinist, where he dropped down to an emaciated 120 pounds.
Looking the part of the generously proportioned veep, however, hasn’t required any food deprivation or strict workout regimens.
“I’ve just eaten a lot of pies so far,” Bale told Variety ahead of filming.
Opening in theatres Dec. 25, the film chronicles Cheney’s rise from bureaucratic Washington insider to George Bush’s vice president. Together, the pair remained in power for two terms, from 2001 to 2009.
The film also reunites Bale with Amy Adams, his co-star in The Fighter (for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor) and American Hustle, who plays Lynne Cheney. Other big names include Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, Sam Rockwell as G.W. Bush, Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller and Tyler Perry as Colin Powell.