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Christian Bale is Batman no more, and his new physique can prove it. The Dark Knight Rises star has packed on more than a few pounds for his role in David O. Russell's American Hustle, where he plays con man-turned-FBI worker Irving Rosenfeld -- and Bale is nearly unrecognizable with his new look.
In the film, Bale, 39, sports a greasy comb-over, some classic '70s aviator glasses and, most importantly, a bit of a belly. Of course, this isn't the first time he has transformed his body for a role. He's famous for going to extreme measures to fit the part. But in the past, he was either dropping weight at an unhealthy rate or hitting the gym to pack on muscle. This might be the first time Bale's pre-shooting routine involved sitting on the couch and eating donuts. (Sounds like fun homework to us!)
We will finally get to see just how different Bale looks on screen when the movie hits theaters on Dec. 6 -- but in the meantime, let's look back at the dedicated actor's most dramatic transformations.
The Machinist - 2004
The first time Bale made waves for his impressive weight shift was when he dropped 63 pounds for the 2004 Brad Anderson thriller, The Machinist. When filming began, the sickly looking actor clocked in at only 121 pounds. He reportedly lost the weight by existing only on coffee, cigarettes and apples, giving Anne Hathaway's oatmeal paste weight-loss program a run for its money.
Batman Begins - 2005
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Not long after, Bale proceeded to pack on the pounds over a handful of months as he prepared to shoot Christopher Nolan's 2005 film Batman Begins. Bale logged some serious gym hours to achieve that uber-muscular superhero physique, weighing in about 190 pounds.
Rescue Dawn - 2006
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The following year marked the release of Rescue Dawn, which saw Bale slim down once again. This time he dropped 55 pounds for a total weight of 135 pounds.
The Fighter - 2010
Bale bounced back up to his Batman Begins weight for the release of 2008's The Dark Knight, but then he had to slim down yet again to play Dicky Eklund in 2010's The Fighter. Bale went beyond simple weight loss, thinning his hair and becoming gaunt to give the impression of being a struggling drug addict.
The Dark Knight Rises - 2012
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For his third Batman movie in 2012, Bale bulked right back up for The Dark Knight Rises. He toned up once again -- after all, he had to give Tom Hardy's Bane a run for his money!