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1. Christian Bale's Emaciated Figure
Christian Bale was almost unrecognisable in The Machinist. The British actor lost so much weight his ribs and hip bones were protruding. Bale's appearance was a vital part of his role in which he plays a machinist who is shunned after he is involved in an accident which causes a co-worker to lose his arm. Bale was eating less than 260 calories a day in preparation for filming and lost approximately 60 pounds.
Bale had every intention of continuing to lose weight for the role, but the film's producers stopped him when they grew concerned about the possible health risks.
Bale regained the weight for role as Batman, massing an additional 60 points in order to play the muscle bound cap crusader.
Christian Bale's weight has changed dramatically with his roles.