For most actors, gaining 20kg, bleaching your eyebrows and shaving your head every day would signal a major commitment to a role. But for Christian Bale, well, it’s just another day at the office.
The English-American actor, renowned for physical transformations on screen, has drastically altered his appearance yet again to play US politician Dick Cheney in the talked-about new movie Vice. He even did specific exercises to fatten his neck.
Asked how he put on the weight to play President George W. Bush’s ruthless right hand man, Bale smirked, “Eating lots of pies.”
The 44-year-old Bale plays Cheney, who was Vice President under Bush from 2001 to 2009, at different times in his life. In changing his appearance, Bale says he was trying to create “a blank canvas through which these incredible [hair and make-up] artists could create the various ages of Cheney. They would shave my head every day, bleach and pluck eyebrows. It’s helpful not to look like yourself. If I look in the mirror and go, ‘Ah, that doesn’t look like me’ – that’s helpful.”