Christian Bale has relinquished his lead role inMichael Mann’s 15 -year project, a biopic on Enzo Ferrari, amid health concerns.
Bale, known for his dramatic method acting technique, has decided to forgo the role of the famous automaker and the substantial weight gain it would have required.
The film, established in the pivotal year of 1957, was set to begin shooting this spring and proposed too short of a timeline for Bale to gain the necessary weight in a healthy way, according to Deadline .
The 41 -year-old actor’s distinction in Hollywood is rooted in his ability to dramatically alter his physical appearance of preparing for roles, but it seems his claim to fame has finally come at too high a cost.
In 2004 ’s “The Machinist, ” Bale plays Trevor Reznik, a human so severelyinflicted withinsomnia, it begins to affect his weight and mental health. Bale’s drastic weight loss reveals an emaciated human, 60 pounds lighter from his starting weight.
Standing at 6 feet tall, Bale returned to a healthy 180 pounds in simply six weeks following “The Machinist” for the duties of the Dark Knight in “Batman Begins.” He reportedly binge-ate pizza, ice cream and as many as five snacks in one sitting for the rapid weight gain, which sent him to the doctor multiple times.
After filmingalongside the late Heath Ledger in “Batman Begins, ” Bale fell another 30 pounds for his role as the heroin-addicted ex-boxing champ Dicky Eklund, brother to Mark Wahlberg’s Micky Ward in “The Fighter.”
The yo-yo dieting eventually paid off for anunrecognizable Bale when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for its participation in “The Fighter” in 2011.
Again, in David O. Russell’s 2014 Golden Globe-winning “American Hustle, ” Bale played con artistIrving Rosenfeld, aka Mel Weinberg, a role for which he packed on another 43 pounds. At the time, he told PEOPLE,
I ate lots of doughnuts, a whole lot of cheeseburgers and whatever I could get my hands on. I literally ate anything that arrived my way.I was about 185 and ran up to 228. I’m still running it off.
Althoughthe film is an unfortunate loss for both Bale and Mann, it’s a win for the actor’s well-being. Such extreme yo-yo dieting can have severe impacts on health including digestive problems, heart problems, depressive disorders and even abbreviated life expectancy.
Only time will tell who will replace Bale in the role of the famed automaker.
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