BySarah O'Connell, writer at

Shape-shifting actor Christian Bale, has made a career of undergoing extreme weight transformations to play many of his iconic roles.

The Oscar-nominated actor has finally decided that enough is enough and pulled out of Michael Mann's Enzo Ferrari, due to start shooting this spring, over "health concerns."

Christian Bale in 'The Big Short' and Enzo Ferrari
Christian Bale in 'The Big Short' and Enzo Ferrari

According to Deadline, the actor was reluctant to put on the weight that the role requires in such a short time. Having just played slim-bodied Michael Burry in The Big Short, Bale would have had to gain weight to play the rounder role of Enzo Ferrari, who is considerably less slender and sleek than his cars.

Although Bale's exit from the project is a sizable setback, the project is said to still be very much on track with Mann scouting for another top actor to take on the role of the Italian carmaker.

Although it's disappointing to hear that our favorite American Psycho will not be taking the driver's seat in Enzo Ferrari, maybe we can take comfort in the knowledge that Bale has decided to put his health first for once.

The talented and dedicated actor has given us every shape and size imaginable in order to portray each of his characters to the fullest. Take a look at some of the roles he pushed the limits for:

'American Psycho' (2000)

Bale's first demonstration of serious bulking up for a role was in 2000 to play killer perfectionist Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. The actor worked with a personal trainer for three hours a day, six days a week in order to achieve his sculpted physique.

We imagine he did a lot of this...

And this...

'The Machinist' (2004)

In one of his most drastic transformations, Bale dropped an incomprehensible amount of weight to play 120lb insomniac Trevor Reznik in The Machinist. Apparently the actor resorted to cutting himself off socially and subsisting on coffee, water and an apple a day for four months in order to lose a shocking 63lbs.

'Batman Begins' (2005)

Just a few short months after The Machinist, Bale was tasked with the impossible undertaking of achieving the colossal body of Batman. The actor returned to his rigorous three-hour training sessions six days a week and a high-carb diet to gain 60lbs of muscle, eventually adding on another 40lbs during filming.

When he commits, he commits.

'The Fighter' (2010)

Bulky Mark Wahlberg next to a gaunt Christian Bale
Bulky Mark Wahlberg next to a gaunt Christian Bale

Dropping all the weight again, Bale committed to long arduous cardio workouts to shed pounds for the role of crack-addicted former boxer Dicky Eklund.

'The Dark Knight Rises' (2012)

For the second time, Bale transforms from a role where he is skeleton-thin to bulky and strong. The actor embraced intense weight training to portray Bruce Wayne once more in Christopher Nolan's final Batman film.

'American Hustle' (2013)

Preparation for the role of soft-bodied Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle allowed Bale to leave the gym and resort to some hard, fast binging. To get into the right "shape," the actor indulged in a high fat, high sugar, junk food diet that and helped him gain 40lbs of, eh...

Good work, Christian.

Sources: Lad Bible, Giphy, You Tube, Deadline.


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