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Christian Bale's staggering transformation into Frankenstein

Christian Bale once again surprised with his spectacular transformation.
Christian Bale once again surprised with his spectacular transformation.
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1:22 PM EDT, April 6, 2024

Christian Bale is ready to do almost anything for his film roles. We've seen his spectacular transformations more than once. This time, the British actor transformed into Frankenstein's monster for the movie The Bride, rendering him unrecognizable.

Christian Bale made his on-camera debut at eight, initially appearing in commercials for laundry detergents and breakfast cereals. A major breakthrough in his career came from landing the lead role in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."

Another big hit starring Bale was the psychological thriller "American Psycho" in 2000, where he played Patrick Bateman, a financier and serial killer. To prepare for the role, he achieved an extraordinarily low level of body fat while maintaining significant muscle mass. Bale admitted it was the most restrictive diet he had ever followed.

The most dramatic transformation Christian Bale underwent was for the movie "The Machinist," which premiered in 2004. He played Trevor Reznik, who suffers from insomnia and hallucinations, weighing merely about 121 pounds. Bale achieved this drastically thin physique through a draconian diet of a can of tuna and one apple daily. The following year, he played the muscular Batman, regaining the weight he lost for "The Machinist."

"The Bride": Christian Bale as Frankenstein's Monster

In the movie "The Bride," directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, we'll witness another remarkable transformation by the British actor. The director shared the first pictures from the production on social media, revealing Christian Bale's transformation into a terrifying Frankenstein monster. Jessie Buckley stars as the titular bride. "Meet the Bride and Frank," Gyllenhaal captioned the post.

Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik in the movie "The Machinist"
Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik in the movie "The Machinist"© Press materials

Set in the 1930s in Chicago, "The Bride" tells the story of a murdered woman, played by Jessie Buckley. A lonely Frankenstein comes to the city and meets Dr. Pretonius, who creates a partner for him. They decide to revive the girl, sparking a passionate romance that brings numerous troubles to the characters.

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