Christian Bale won last night at the Golden Globes. He won an award for his comedic role in The Big Short, and the film won Best Comedy too. Critics really love The Big Short and so does the Academy. Bale scored another Oscar nomination (his third overall) this year, even though he’s barely campaigned and (just my guess) he doesn’t really give a crap about it. I mean, he’s proud of the film and Bale is always good at showing up to any event where he’s nominated, but beyond that, his promotion has been pretty minimal.
Anyway, the big news about Christian Bale from this weekend did not involve Oscar hustles or temper tantrums. No, Christian had to back out of a role because he wasn’t going to have time to gain weight to play the part. Bale is famous for gaining and losing weight for his film roles, and I have to admit… chubby Bale is the best Bale. I’ve never enjoyed him more than when he had a big gut for American Hustle. So I’m sad that chubby Bale won’t be returning any time soon.
Christian Bale is reluctantly getting out of the driver’s seat on Michael Mann’s long-gestating Enzo Ferrari. The shape-shifting actor is stepping aside after health concerns over the weight gain necessary to play the iconic carmaker. Bale, who has yo-yo’d throughout his career between extreme weight loss and gain – compare his emaciated turn in The Machinist to his button-busting fatso in American Hustle – appears to have finally bitten off more than even he could chew. The start date of spring this year was simply too soon for the Big Short actor to get that out of shape again. Mann is moving fast to re-cast the plum role and is currently speaking to some heavyweight actors.
While Bale’s exit is a blow, the project remains very much on track, with Paramount distributing in most territories…The story takes place in one pivotal year, 1957. It is the highly personal account of Ferrari faced with a convergence of dilemmas at a critical time. The script by Troy Kennedy-Martin (The Italian Job and Edge Of Darkness) was revised by David Rayfiel (The Firm) and Mann. It’s based on the Brock Yates book Enzo Ferrari, The Man, The Cars, The Races.
What chubby actor will they go to now? Seth Rogen? Not Jonah Hill, I’m assuming. Perhaps Michael Mann will just hire someone else with a good body and ask them to eat donuts and pasta for three months straight. Ah, the actor’s life. Why didn’t Bale want to gain weight?! I wish CB would ask me to gain weight for work.
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