Christian Bale – skinny again for “The Fighter”

Bale as Dick Englund
Bale as Dick Eklund (left) in “The Fighter”

Damon got fat, whilst Bale got skinny (again!). I was reading a couple of articles where Matt Damon told reporters how fun it was for him to gain 30 pounds to play Mark Whitaker, the corporate VP whistle blower in The Informant!. He basically stopped going to the gym and ate everything in sight. Christian Bale on the other hand, looks scrawny again for his role in The Fighter, though not as scarily skeletal as he did for The Machinist when he lost a third of his body weight. I don’t even want to know what his regimen must be like, that kind of intense weight yo-yo-ing can’t be good for his body. The last time he lost a massive amount of weight was in Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn in 2006.

The Fighter is a boxing drama directed by David O. Russell (watch the trailer), a project he inherited from Darren Aronofsky (perhaps he just didn’t want to do another violent contact sport right after The Wrestler?). Mark Wahlberg plays the boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and Bale plays his half-brother Dicky Eklund, Ward’s sometime trainer and small-time criminal. Eklund was featured in the 1995 documentary High on Crack Street and has battled drug addiction for years, hence Bale’s crackhead, balding look. A method actor that Bale is, he apparently refused to be seen whilst he isn’t filming. According to azcentral site, Bale bewildered his costars — which also include Melissa Leo and Amy Adams — by going missing constantly from the set. A source told ‘E!’: “You only see him when it’s time for his scenes. Other than that, no one has any idea where he is. He just goes missing.” I like Bale, but boy is he one eccentric actor.

But before you think this guy can’t have any fun, I stumbled upon this pic whilst perusing Bale’s forum on IMDB:

Bale at Pirates Day B'day Party
Bale with the Pirates For Hire at a friend’s b’day Party on Sept. 19

Apparently he was at a friend’s daughter’s birthday party in California where they hired Pirates for Hire to perform. Someone posted this excerpt on ‘Where’s Christian Bale?’ thread from someone’s blog who happened to be at the event. It’s a pretty cute story:

“… one of his pirate friends said to Christian (not realizing it was really Christian Bale standing there– and all being actors who make their living acting like other celebrities and such) “Omg! You could totally make a living playing Christian Bale for parties.” Christian smiled and said “thanks,” and walked away. They then kind of realized that it was in fact Christian and there was some debate since Ted (who I spoke with) said he was a bit surprised by Christian’s size. He said he was pretty thin and his hair is buzzed so he ‘didn’t look like Batman’. LOL! Once he heard his voice though he knew it was him.

Bale also got a kick out of a little-known fact that one of the ‘pirates’ knew about him:

So they are there doing the party, and he said the backyard where they all were having the party (which also had a huge pirate ship for the kids to play on, and face painting and such) was two levels, one higher up than the other, and he was watching Christian walk by to go to the other level. He said his one friend (who was playing a pirate as well) told him that Christian Bale played Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (I had to look that one up. It’s a TV movie starring Charlton Heston. Wow, I had no idea!). So as Christian is walking close to them, one of them calls out “Well if it isn’t the young Jim Hawkins all grown up now!!!” and the other chimes in “Aww, no, he is nothing but a scallywag now!” (basically just ribbing him as pirates) and he said Christian turned around totally amused and stunned, cracking up laughing and said “You guys are incredible!!” He then walked over to them and kept laughing, saying “NO ONE would’ve known that!” (And was cracking up that they called him out for his role in Treasure Island) They just said “we’re pirates! And we’re fans!” He said it was then that Christian said “can I get a picture with you guys?” and whipped out his own camera. They responded “Can we get a picture with you??”

Nice to see Bale smiling and goofing off for a change.

Happy Monday, folks, I thought we all could use a bit of fun!

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9 thoughts on “Christian Bale – skinny again for “The Fighter”

  1. mcarteratthemovies

    Christian Bale continues to frighten me as the type of actor who gets a little bit too into his parts. I only hope he doesn’t end up like Heath Ledger: all stressed out about staying in character and maintaining intensity and then looking to drugs (albeit prescribed ones) for relief…

    1. Yeah, the dude is borderline obsessed with his method acting… but I think he feeds off that ‘dedication’ and probably enjoys suffering for his art. Well, he knew what Heath went through in TDK as he was acting opposite him, I sure hope he learns from that fatal mistake… one thing I thought of is how patient and supportive Bale’s wife must be. Perhaps if Heath had been happily married at the time, things would’ve been different? No one will ever know I guess…

    1. Well he wasn’t dressed up, but now that I look at the pic again, he kind of fits right in with the pirates, doesn’t he? It’s nice to see him not be so serious once in a while.

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