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Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale Face-Off in American Hustle Trailer

Originally posted 07/31/2013 04:15PM



Bradley Cooper really does suffer for his art in his upcoming film, American Hustle.

The former PEOPLE Sexiest Man Alive sports a tightly wound perm in the film, which is based on a real-life story and set in 1970s New Jersey.

Cooper plays an FBI agent working alongside a conman (Christian Bale with a truly horrifying comb-over) to take down a group of corrupt politicians and criminals.

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Do You Recognize Christian Bale Like This? | Christian Bale

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

Originally posted 05/22/2013 10:20AM

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.

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PHOTO: Is That Christian Bale with the Greasy Hair and Chubby Belly? | Amy Adams, Christian Bale

Christian Bale: What's He Doing with Greasy Hair and a Chubby Belly?

Originally posted 03/22/2013 08:45AM

Christian Bale is known for losing weight for films roles. But this time, the Batman hunk has packed on a few lbs. to play a '70s con man turned FBI guy in his next movie.

The Oscar winner, 39, was seen with greasy hair and a protruding belly on the Massachusetts set of the untitled film – quite a sight next to his gorgeous costar Amy Adams.

It's a far cry from Bale's more chiseled days as the Caped Crusader, and even farther from his roles in The Fighter and The Machinist, for which he lost dramatic amounts of weight.

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The 12 Most Facebooked/Tweeted Stories of the Year

UpdatePosted 12/30/2012 04:00PM

The 12 Biggest Stories of the Year on Social Media

Originally posted 12/28/2012 06:45PM

Question: What do Miley Cyrus, Blake Lively and a teeny-weeny piglet have in common?

Answer: They're all among the most popular PEOPLE.com stories on social media!

That's right – this year, you cared most about weddings, engagements – and one super-small swine. Check out PEOPLE.com stories that showed up the most in users' Twitter and Facebook feeds!

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Want a Bod Like a Hot Actor? Harley Gives Tips, Workouts for Arms & Abs | Ryan Gosling

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Harley Pasternak Blogs: How Leading Actors Get Fit for Roles

Originally posted 10/17/2012 10:00AM

A few weeks ago, my wife and I watched Crazy Stupid Love (I know, I know, we're a little late to the party). In one scene, Ryan Gosling seduces Emma Stone by taking his shirt off.

I turned to my wife to see her reaction. She was beet red and had her jaw wide open. When I asked if she enjoyed the movie, she uttered, "Ryan Gosling really was … fit looking."

(I worked out twice as hard the subsequent day, by the way.)

The fact is, Ryan got in amazing shape for the film. He has become part of a long list of leading men who have exercised and dieted to make their on-screen performance more impactful.

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PHOTO: Christian Bale Visits Shooting Victims in Colorado

UpdatePosted 07/25/2012 12:00PM

Christian Bale Visits Shooting Victims in Colorado

Originally posted 07/24/2012 05:45PM

Christian Bale, who stars in The Dark Knight Rises, is visiting the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting spree who were injured while watching a midnight showing of the movie.

According to a local Denver TV reporter, Bale was seen entering the hospital where many of the wounded are being treated.

One of them, Carey Rottman, posted a Facebook photo of himself with Bale at his bedside.

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Shooting Moved Dark Knight Cast to Tears, Says Source | Christian Bale

UpdatePosted 07/22/2012 12:30PM

Dark Knight Cast Heads Home to U.S. After Shooting, Canceled Premiere

Originally posted 07/21/2012 02:30PM

Shocked and "keeping victims' families in their thoughts," The Dark Knight Rises cast jetted back to the states after Friday's horrific shooting at a screening of their new film.

Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were in France for the canceled Paris premiere, but took a Warner Brothers plane bound for Los Angeles on Saturday.

"The cast was completely shocked and several – Anne and Marion [Cotillard], a couple of the men – were in tears," a source tells PEOPLE. "There was enormous, enormous sadness."

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The Dark Knight Rises Review: An 'Engrossing' (But Very Long!) Ride | Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale

The Dark Knight Rises Review: Engrossing Despite Plot Holes

Originally posted 07/19/2012 04:25PM

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"You're not Batman anymore," Alfred (Michael Caine) tells his boss. By the looks of hobbled recluse Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) bent over his cane, it's a shock that he ever was.

These are the darkest days in Christopher Nolan's epic trilogy, a morality play that all but restages the French Revolution in its final chapter, as a new villain topples the city. It's an engrossing story with a real sense of peril – as long as you ignore the dangerously gaping plot holes and long running time.

So what makes Batman dig his cape out of mothballs after eight years?

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Prince Harry Suits Up for the Dark Knight Premiere | Prince Harry

Prince Harry Attends Premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in London

Originally posted 07/18/2012 04:20PM

He's giving Bruce Wayne a run for his money!

Prince Harry looked like a dashing superhero on the red carpet as he arrived for the London premiere of Christopher Nolan's new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, in a fine-looking blue suit, white button-down shirt and black shoes. The only thing missing was his tie – and a cape!

Though he hasn't been seen in a bat suit, the Prince did recently don sleek body-boarding gear on a trip to Cornwall. He's also been known to wear various costumes – both silly and serious.

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Christian Bale Had a Horror Movie (and Horrible) Date with Drew Barrymore | Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore

Christian Bale Reveals He Once Dated Drew Barrymore

Originally posted 05/30/2012 09:35AM

Was it nearly a match made in celebrity heaven?

In a new interview, Christian Bale reveals that he once briefly dated Drew Barrymore, according to the New York Daily News.

And it was allegedly Barrymore who put an end to their teenage courtship.

"We went to see some bloody awful horror film, and that was the end of it," Bale, 38, tells GQ Australia. "She never called again."

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