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Christian Bale Gains Weight To Play Dick Cheney (Photos)

Christian Bale Gains Weight To Play Dick Cheney (Photos) Promo Image

Actor Christian Bale has gained a substantial amount of weight and dyed his eyebrows to prepare for his role as Vice President Dick Cheney in the upcoming movie "Backseat."

Bale, 43, was seen sporting the new look at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado for the premiere of his new movie "Hostiles," according to Page Six. 

The upcoming Cheney biopic also stars Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Sam Rockwell as former President George W. Bush, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld. It is directed by Adam McKay, who previously worked with Bale on the Oscar-award winning film "The Big Short."

Bale is well known for making extreme physical transformations while preparing for his roles. For "The Machinist," he lost 70 pounds to be a staggering 120 pounds for the role. Shortly after that, he shot back up to 180 pounds for "Batman Begins."

In a 2013 interview for the movie "American Hustle," Bale discussed the difficulties of constantly fluctuating in weight.

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"It's easy to start with ... you're just sitting on your butt and you're eating lots of doughnuts and eating bread and everything like that," he said, according to Daily Mail.

"But you do it for two months and your body starts to rebel against you, it's just saying: "No, please,' and your back is aching and there's also some problems with that. And then you've got to lose the weight at the end of it, you know? I wish it was simple." 

Bale has denied that his extreme physical transformations are a type of method acting -- a technique in which an actor aspires to have complete emotional identification with the character being portrayed.

"I'm not having therapy. It's very limiting if I have to relate every d**n thing in somebody else's life to something that's happened in mine. At the end of the day, I'm faking it. Pure imagination," he said, according to Digital Spy.

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"I never took any classes, I just go: 'I better wing this one and make it up!'" he added. "Everybody talks about the process too much. The interesting thing about a movie is the movie."

"Backseat" will follow Cheney's career and his journey from being the CEO of Halliburton to becoming the vice president of the U.S. In an interview, McKay said that he found Cheney fascinating and considers the former vice president to be instrumental in modern-day American politics.

"I’ve always found Cheney fascinating," he said, according to MoviePilot. "Questions of what drove him, what his beliefs were. But once we started digging, I was astounded at how much he had shaped modern America’s place in the world and how shocking the methods were by which he gained his power."

Sources: Page Six, Daily Mail, Digital Spy, MoviePilot / Featured Image: Siebbi/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Phil Edwards/Twitter, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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