Christian Bale Is Bigger, Bald – and Barely Recognizable: PHOTO

05/22/2013 at 10:20 AM EDT

Christian Bale Photos -- Actor Is Bald at LAX
Christian Bale at LAX
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Batman, he ain't.

Christian Bale continues to be quite the physical chameleon. Seen walking through the airport in Los Angeles, Bale, 39 and nearly unrecognizable yet again, now sports a shaved head and retains some of the girth he has displayed in recent months – all for a new role, as a '70s con man turned FBI worker, in his latest film, American Hustle, about the ABSCAM sting.

His pale and paunchy look, with a groomed goatee and mustache, stands in stark contrast to his emaciated form in The Machinist, for which he subsisted on a diet of apples, cigarettes and coffee to shave 63 pounds, a third of his usual weight.

Bale, a native of Wales who took his turn as Batman in the Dark Knight films, also challenged his body and fitness as a boxer in The Fighter, his dedication to character earning him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
– Andrea Billups

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