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TheDailyBeast: Stars Who Gained Weight for Roles

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Christian Bale, 'Batman Begins' (99 lbs.)

The dedicated Welsh actor slimmed down to a downright frightening 121 pounds—by starving himself on a four-month diet of coffee and an apple (or can of tuna) each day, totaling about 275 calories—to play Trevor Reznik, an industrial worker who hasn’t slept for more than a year and begins having bizarre visions, in 2004’s "The Machinist." And just after Bale wrapped filming, director Christopher Nolan informed him that he had been cast as the Caped Crusader in "Batman Begins." In just two months, Bale packed on 60 pounds for his Batman screen test through a high-carb diet of bread and pasta. He then packed on an additional 39 pounds for the role in the next three months, bringing his weight to 220 pounds, by following a strict diet of chicken, tuna, and steamed vegetables, and daily three-hour running and weight-training sessions. “He worked harder than anyone I've ever trained," Bale’s trainer, Efua Baker, told People. "Every morning he would look different from the day before."

(Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images/Warner Bros. Pictures)
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