Christian Bale's Latest Transformation
07/30/2009 AT 08:45 AM EDT
Known for his uncanny ability to re-sculpt his body for his movie roles, the Welsh-born actor, who just last month looked handsome and healthy, has gone to extremes to portray fighter Dicky Eklund, opposite Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams.
"I will adjust to what is needed. But only if I have quite an obsession for the role," Bale told PEOPLE in 2005.
Bale revealed he relied on a diet of apples, coffee and cigarettes for his role as insomniac, Trevor Reznik, in The Machinist. The actor lost 63 pounds for the film, which was a third of body weight.
Five months after that weight-defying role, Bale switched gears and bulked up for his superhero turn as Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins. A feat that put a lot of pressure on his body – both physically and emotionally.
"I think that putting weight on – unfortunately I had to put it on pretty fast and it's not really healthy doing that – is when I felt bad. I put on 100 pounds in like five months," Bale said at the time. "You get big mood swings and everything with it."
Let's just hope his body – and moods – can handle one more big change because as of now a third installment in the Batman franchise is in the works.