Ever wonder just how much weight Christian Bale lost for his role in The Machinist? The answer is an astounding 60 pounds, or a third of his total body weight!
The crazy part is that the director didn’t even ask him to lose nearly that much! While Christian was told that getting down to 145 pounds would be satisfactory, he says it became a game for him to see how much weight he could actually lose. In the end, he got down to a bony 121 pounds by starving himself and engaging in tons of cardiovascular exercise.
No weight lifting though – Christian wanted to avoid bulking up so that he could truly resemble a man who hadn’t slept in a year. When asked whether it was worth it to put his health in jeopardy, Christian replied that he wouldn’t do it again. We will say that his appearance truly contributed to the authenticity of the movie, although we’re glad he doesn’t look like this all the time!