Christian Bale was concerned his dramatic weight-loss in his new film 'The Fighter' would go too far because he didn't want to look like a ''crackhead''.
Christian Bale was worried his weight loss would go too far for 'The Fighter'.
The 'Dark Knight' actor - who is no stranger to transforming his physical shape for a part - has revealed he didn't look at "numbers" to prepare for the role of Dicky Eklund, a former welterweight boxer who was also a drug-addict in 'The Fighter' and needed make-up at times to help him look skinnier.
The 36 year old said: "I'm a good 60 pounds heavier than a welterweight. I can't lose that much weight, because I wouldn't be able to box and train and everything. I didn't look at numbers, I didn't look at scale, I just went down to what looked like might be the right body type for Dicky and the way that he fights as well."
"I couldn't go too far because if I went too far, I'd be able to play the crackhead side, but then after jail, he got clean mentally and physically, and he's always wiry, he's always lean, but I had to be able to show that. So we needed make-up to help me out a great deal with that."
Christian famously ate just a can of tuna and an apple a day in 2004 to drops 60lbs for his role in 'The Machinist'.
However, he promises that he doesn't deliberately choose films that challenge him physically.
He told MTV News: "I have no goal of seeing if I can become invisible one day, eat so little that I disappear.
"I didn't take this job because I went, 'Oh, there's a physical transformation needed.' I always go, 'Damn! There's a physical transformation needed!'
"Again, I just didn't recognize that. I just liked the character and then realized, 'Oh, c**p, he's a welterweight.' "