A Timeline of Christian Bale’s Weight: See Him Go From 120 lbs. to 230 lbs.

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A Timeline of Christian Bale’s Weight: See Him Go From 120 lbs. to 230 lbs.

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A Timeline of Christian Bale’s Weight: See Him Go From 120 lbs. to 230 lbs.

Christian Bale’s bathroom scale is probably going on strike.

The Oscar-winning actor, 43, has gained and lost weight so many times, it’s hard to keep track!

He’s back to being overweight again for a new film role, but as you’ll see in the slideshow above, he’s had to go from ripped to emaciated to chubby for his various film roles. Flip through the slides to see what we mean.

A Timeline of Christian Bale’s Weight: See Him Go From 120 lbs. to 230 lbs.
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1. ‘American Psycho’

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1. ‘American Psycho’

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To play the image-obsessed serial killer in this 2000 film, Christian spent months tanning and training, though he told The Cranky Critic that “the bigger your muscles get, the smaller your brains get.”

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2. ‘Reign of Fire’

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2. ‘Reign of Fire’

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Christian gained even more muscle mass for this 2002 post-apocalyptic fantasy film, training for the gig by boxing and working out.

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3. ‘The Machinist’

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3. ‘The Machinist’

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For this 2004 psychological thriller, Christian embarked on a crash diet of coffee and apples. After dropping to 121 pounds, the actor's emaciated physique shocked viewers.

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4. ‘Batman Begins’

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4. ‘Batman Begins’

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Then, for this 2005 film, the first installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Christian gained 100 pounds of weight over the course of six months. In fact, he was so bulky, Christopher asked him to tone down a little.

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5. ‘Rescue Dawn’

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5. ‘Rescue Dawn’

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Funnily enough, Christian played a character named Dieter — a German name not pronounced like someone who’s losing weight — in this 2006 war drama.

Sure enough, he slimmed down again to play the Vietnam War captive. In fact, the film was shot in reverse because it was faster to have Christian gain weight than it would have been for him to lose it.

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6. ‘The Dark Knight’

6. ‘The Dark Knight’

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Christian got back up to his Caped Crusader weight for this 2008 sequel by gaining 55 pounds above his Rescue Dawn nadir.

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7. ‘The Fighter’

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7. ‘The Fighter’

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To play a crack-addicted boxer in this 2010 drama — a role than won him an Oscar — Christian dropped 30 pounds.

“I didn’t take this job because I went, ‘Oh, there’s a physical transformation needed,’” he told MTV News.

“I just liked the character and then realized, ‘Oh, crap, he’s a welterweight.’”

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8. ‘American Hustle’

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8. ‘American Hustle’

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Christian packed on the pounds until he was 230 lbs. for his role as a combover-ed con man in this 2013 drama.

“I ate lots of doughnuts, a whole lot of cheeseburgers and whatever I could get my hands on,” he told People.

“I literally ate anything that came my way.”

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9. ‘Backseat’

9. ‘Backseat’

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Christian will play (chubby) former Vice President Dick Cheney in this upcoming biopic, and he tells Variety he’s been wolfing down “a lot of pies.”

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Christian Bale’s bathroom scale is probably going on strike.

The Oscar-winning actor, 43, has gained and lost weight so many times, it’s hard to keep track!

He’s back to being overweight again for a new film role, but as you’ll see in the slideshow above, he’s had to go from ripped to emaciated to chubby for his various film roles. Flip through the slides to see what we mean.