“I’ve got to stop doing it”: Christian Bale Was Exhausted of Putting His Body Through Hell for Roles, Began to Get Worried About His Safety

Christian Bale's body transformations have always made news when he took on challenging roles but now he is concerned about his health and wants to stop

“I’ve got to stop doing it”: Christian Bale Was Exhausted of Putting His Body Through Hell for Roles, Began to Get Worried About His Safety


  • Christian Bale expressed concern for his health after going through several body transformations.
  • He recalled his iconic weight loss for a film that involved extreme fasting.
  • Despite vowing to stop, Bale still worked on projects that required makeovers.
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Christian Bale has one of the most incredible body transformations in Hollywood, with various projects requiring him to gain weight, look emaciated, become portly, and back. At his age, this is no longer an easy task, and he believes that if he keeps on doing this, his health will be at risk.

Christian Bale
Christian Bale

An actor’s job not only entails hours of rehearsals and shooting; he also hits the gym and follows a strict diet plan to achieve the desired body fit for the role.

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Christian Bale Felt Scared To Go Through Another Body Transformation

Christian Bale spoke with The Guardian and revealed his honest feelings about his iconic weight transformations. When he starred in The Machinist in 2004, the actor had to starve to look extremely skinny, but as he worked on Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, he had to bulk up a little. How Bale did this is beyond comprehension. He told the outlet:

I’ve got to stop doing it. I suspect it’s going to take longer to get this off.”

The Ford v Ferrari star once promised to never undergo any weight transformation after starring in American Hustle (2013), but he ended up joining Vice (2018) where he had to gain weight again. He shared:

These pants are one of the few pairs I’ve got that have these straps on the side so I can still fit into ’em. I’m not big on shopping, so you end up with a lot of elasticated things.”

Christian Bale The Machinist
Christian Bale in The Machinist

One of Bale’s most incredible body weight loss was in The Machinist. His dedication to the movie made him lose 60 lbs. The actor discussed about the perks of extreme fasting:


It’s an amazing experience doing that. When you’re so skinny that you can hardly walk up a flight of stairs… you’re, like, this being of pure thought. It’s like you’ve abandoned your body. That’s the most Zen-like state I’ve ever been in my life.”

However, this calm state does not last as soon as the hours of fasting are over. Bale further added:

Two hours sleep, reading a book for 10 hours straight without stopping… unbelievable. You couldn’t rile me up. No rollercoaster of emotions. As soon as you start putting the food back in your stomach, the rollercoaster comes back.”

At the age of 49, any more dramatic body transformation would definitely take a toll on Bale’s health.

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Christian Bale Did It Again – He Lost Weight And Shaved His Head

Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher
Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher

Christian Bale’s latest body transformation, despite promising he will never do such a thing again, was in the 2022 MCU film Thor: Love and Thunder. The actor revealed he had already lost weight for a previous project before he hopped into the MCU film via Entertainment Tonight:

I went from one film straight to Thor. I usually like to have a lot more time in between, but it was literally like three days between that and going into quarantine down in Australia. I was already quite skinny for the film that I’d made before.”

Still, there was a change in his body’s usual mass, and he even had to shave his head for the role. It seems like Bale is having a hard time staying away from projects that require him to do crazy makeovers.

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Written by Ariane Cruz

Articles Published: 2029

Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.