“I’d prefer not to die”: Christian Bale is Done Wreaking Havoc on His Body Like He Did for One $8M Cult-Hit

The Oscar-winning actor is known for his intense bodily transformations for his characters.

"I'd prefer not to die": Christian Bale is Done Wreaking Havoc on His Body Like He Did for One $8M Cult-Hit


  • Actor Christian Bale is reportedly done with going on erratic diets and exercise regimes to physically transform himself into his characters.
  • Bale is known for his radical transformations and rapid weight loss and gains for films such as American Hustle and Vice.
  • He famous lost over 62 pounds during the making of the film The Machinist and was only on a diet of apples, coffee, and cigarettes.
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Christian Bale is one of the most prolific actors in the industry who has proved his talent with diverse roles. The actor has shown a whole other level of dedication when it comes to delving into the role he plays. He is known for his radical physical transformation where he gains or loses weight according to the role’s demand.


Bale’s performance in The Machinist, where he played the character of a mentally ill insomniac is often lauded for his intense physical transformation. The actor reportedly lost more than 28 kilos for the psychological thriller. However, Bale has since reportedly resolved to stop pushing his body as much as he used to.

Christian Bale’s Bodily Transformation In The Machinist

Christian Bale
Christian Bale

Christian Bale’s brand of intense commitment to his roles has been lauded and appreciated by critics, audiences, and cinephiles alike in multiple instances. The actor has received an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and multiple other accolades for his amazing performances in films such as The Fighter, American Hustle, and Vice.


The former child actor had his breakthrough when he played the deranged Wall Street investment banker Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the film was known for its dark comedy and harrowing performance by Bale as the serial killer who expresses his weakest moments by killing vulnerable people.

Christian Bale in The Machinist
Christian Bale in The Machinist

Christian Bale then went on to play the role of insomniac Trevor Reznik in the psychological thriller The Machinist. The actor famously lost over 28 kilos for the role of an emaciated person and to give the skeletal look needed for the character. His diet reportedly consisted of only apples, water, coffee, and the occasional whiskey. He also reportedly smokes a lot.

Bale reportedly lost 62 pounds during the production of the film. According to the Huffington Post, the Equilibrium star wanted to lose more weight go up to 45 kilos in lost weight, but the filmmakers forbade him from doing so as they were concerned for his health. After production, Bale reportedly gained back the weight in six weeks for the screen test of Batman Begins.


Christian Bale Wants To Stop Radical Physical Transformations

A still from American Hustle
A still from American Hustle

After his physical transformation on The Machinist, Christian Bale reportedly gained back the weight for the screen test of Batman Begins by being on a diet of pizza and ice cream. The actor later lost weight for his role in David O Russell’s The Fighter, where he played the role of a boxer and a drug addict. The role won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

In an interview with People, Christian Bale spoke about his erratic diet to gain weight for the film American Hustle, which required him to have a belly. He said,

“I ate lots of doughnuts, a whole lot of cheeseburgers, and whatever I could get my hands on. I literally ate anything that came my way. I was about 185 and went up to 228. I’m still working it off.”

The actor had to reduce his weight again and then gain once more for his role as former Vice President Dick Cheney in the black comedy Vicel. The actor was nominated for an Oscar and won the Golden Globe for his portrayal. He reduced the weight for his role in the sports drama Ford v Ferrari.


However, Christian Bale seems to have changed his mind about rigorously transforming his body for his roles. He mentioned in an interview with E! that he wanted to stop rapidly losing and gaining weight in fear of his health. He said,

“I’ve become a little bit more boring now, because I’m older and I feel like if I keep doing what I’ve done in the past I’m going to die. So, I’d prefer not to die.”

Many health experts have also come out to say that the diet Christian Bale underwent during these roles was not healthy and that it would cause a lot of stress on the body.

The Machinist is streaming on Paramount Plus.


Written by Nishanth A

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Nishanth A is a Media, English and Psychology graduate from Bangalore. He is an avid DC fanboy and loves the films of Christopher Nolan. He has published over 1,000 articles on FandomWire. When he's not fixating on the entire filmography of a director, he tries to write and direct films.