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Guess Who Teased Christian Bale for His American Hustle Weight Gain?

Christian Bale's American Hustle Weight Gain: Guess Who Teased Him?

Originally posted 12/08/2013 01:30PM

Christian Bale, once again, is unrecognizable.

The Oscar winner lost (gulp!) 60 lbs. for 2004's The Machinist, then bulked up and got ripped for Batman Begins before going back to being boney-thin for The Fighter, which netted him an Oscar in 2011 for Best Supporting Actor.

Now, he's gained 43 lbs. to play a '70s con artist in the Abscam-inspired crime drama American Hustle.

To fatten up, "I ate lots of doughnuts, a whole lot of cheeseburgers and whatever I could get my hands on. I literally ate anything that came my way," Bale, 39, told PEOPLE at Friday's Peggy Siegel and OPI screening of the buzzy film in New York City. "I was about 185 and went up to 228. I'm still working it off."

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Does Inside Llewyn Davis Make Sweet Music? PEOPLE's Review

See This/Skip That: From Inside Llewyn Davis to Out of the Furnace

Originally posted 12/06/2013 04:00PM

From Inside Llewyn Davis to Out of the Furnace, here's what to see and what to skip this weekend at the movies.

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Lady Gaga Gets Racy on SNL, Sexy Men Stay Sexy & More from the Weekend

What You Missed Over The Weekend

UpdatePosted 11/18/2013 07:25AM

Lady Gaga Gets Racy on Saturday Night Live, Sexy Men Stay Sexy & More from the Weekend

Originally posted 11/17/2013 08:00PM

It's the most wonderful time of the year – and we're obviously referring to the pending reveal of PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive, not the Christmas carols your local radio station is already blasting.

Until this year's head honcho of hunk-dom is revealed, here's what you missed this weekend:

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Christian Bale Weighs In on Batkid – and So Does Ben Affleck

Christian Bale Weighs In on Batkid – and So Does Ben Affleck

Originally posted 11/16/2013 08:00PM



It's good to know we're not the only ones who fell in love with Batkid, the 5-year-old who dressed up as Batman to fight crime in San Francisco on Friday.

Miles, who is now in remission after being diagnosed with leukemia at just 18 months of age, has become a worldwide star after the Make-a-Wish Foundation turned the city by the bay into Gotham City for one unforgettable experience.

Former Caped Crusader Christian Bale heard about Miles' adventure and told New York magazine that he thought it was "fantastic."

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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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