Christian Bale shaved his head and packed on the pounds for an upcoming role, making him look like your creepy redneck uncle.
Bale is no stranger to packing on the pounds as an actor, but usually, he’s packing on muscle. For American Psycho and Dark Knight he basically turned himself into a bodybuilder after months of careful diet and exercise. For his role in The Machinist, he went on a crash diet that caused him to lose 62 (leaving him at an anorexic-looking 120 pounds in the movie).
For his latest movie, Bale is kicking his diet to the curb and piling on the weight.
The Oscar-award winning actor is set to play a mid-sixty-year-old Dick Cheney in the upcoming biopic Backseat. And we know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth is Bale playing Dick Cheney?” Well, money probably has something to do with it, but it has more to do with the director, Adam McKay. Bale is teaming back up with the same guy that directed The Big Short, a documentary detailing the housing market collapse of 2007.
Bale will be reuniting with a bunch of actors he’s worked with over the years for the Cheney documentary. Steve Carell, another The Big Short alum, will play Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, while Amy Adams of American Hustle fame will be playing Cheney’s wife Lynne. Sam Rockwell is cast as George W. Bush, and Bill Pullman is set to play Nelson Rockefeller.
Dick Cheney was United States Vice President from 2001 to 2009 and is considered to be the most powerful VP in US history. He was a key player in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and most of US foreign policy decisions during the Bush administration.
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Cheney is perhaps best known for shooting a friend while hunting quail in 2006.
When asked how he packed on the pounds at the Toronto Film Festival last summer, Bale simply smiled and said, "I've just been eating a lot of pies.”
Backseat is set to release sometime in 2018. Bale’s latest film, Hostiles, chronicles a US Army Captain tasked with escorting a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands, and is due for release in late December.