Top 10 Best Character Transformations by Christian Bale

"American Hustle" (2013)

Bale played the part of Irving Rosenfeld, a con artist. To fit this role, he dramatically increased his weight, reaching 228 lbs from his usual 183 lbs, by consuming a diet rich in junk food.

"The Machinist" (2004)

For the role of Trevor Reznik, Bale lost an astonishing 60 pounds, dropping to a weight of 120 pounds. This transformation is often considered one of the most drastic in film history.

"Batman Begins" (2005)

Bale bulked up impressively to portray Bruce Wayne/Batman, gaining muscle mass and recovering from his emaciated state in "The Machinist."

"The Fighter" (2010)

To play Dicky Eklund, Bale lost a significant amount of weight again, appearing almost skeletal. This role earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

"Vice" (2018)

Bale underwent another significant transformation to play former Vice President Dick Cheney, gaining a considerable amount of weight and altering his appearance through makeup and prosthetics.

"The Dark Knight Rises" (2012)

For his final appearance as Batman, Bale maintained a muscular physique, showcasing the caped crusader's physical prowess.

"Rescue Dawn" (2006)

Bale lost weight to play Dieter Dengler, a U.S. fighter pilot who was shot down and captured during the Vietnam War.

"Exodus: Gods and Kings" (2014)

As Moses, Bale sported a lean, rugged look, different from his previous bulked-up appearances.

"American Psycho" (2000)

For the role of Patrick Bateman, Bale achieved a lean, toned physique, embodying the character's obsession with physical appearance and materialism.

"Ford v Ferrari" (2019)

Playing Ken Miles, a professional race car driver, Bale presented a fit and lean physique, different from his heavily muscled or overweight roles.