05/22/2013 at 10:00 AM EDT
Batman, he ain't.
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