Christian Bale, Dick Cheney

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When it comes to the art of transformation, Christian Bale is a bonafide pro. 

After all, he won an Oscar and has two more nominations in his repertoire for his shapeshifting performances on the silver screen. Now, with the lead role in a biopic about one of America's modern vice presidents, Dick Cheney, the star is once again taking on his role all the way down to his toes. 

The Backseat actor was recently spotted at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado sporting a fuller figure akin to his real-life counterpart. The look was complete with noticeably lightened eyebrows. Bale is no stranger to adjusting his diet for the sake of his art. Whether it was packing on the pounds to play a 1970s con-artist in American Hustle or shriveling down 60 pounds to play Trevor Reznik in The Machinist, he's been on both sides of the weight fence.  

With a cast of co-stars including Amy Adamsas Lynn Cheney and Steve Carellas Donald Rumsfeld, it's safe to assume Bale won't be the only one embracing a transformation for this film. 

Check out more stars who have been in Bale's weight-shifting shoes:

Chris Messina

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The Mindy Project alum had to gain 40 lbs. for his role in Live by Night.

Anne Hathaway, Oscar Transformations

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This dramatic weight loss was one of many reasons the Les Misérables star took home an Oscar.

Chris Pratt, Parks and Rec, Guardians, Weight Loss or Weight Gain for Roles

NBC; Marvel

The Parks & Recreation star transformed into a fit superhero for Guardians of the Galaxy and never looked back.

J.K. Simmons, Weight Loss or Weight Gain for Roles

Getty Images; Instagram

The Spider-Man alum shocked fans when he debuted his bulging biceps, which are probably meant for his role in Justice League.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler, Weight Loss or Weight Gain for Roles

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"I'd say my mother was worried," he admitted to E! News after losing 30 pounds for Nightcrawler. "I would say she just wanted me to be careful. But she also knew and knows how seriously I take what I do and she respects that."

Michael B. Jordan, Creed, Weight Loss or Weight Gain for Roles

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The Friday Night Lights alum gained nearly 30 pounds of muscle to transform into a rookie-turned-professional boxer in Creed.

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club, Weight Loss or Weight Gain for Roles

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The 30 Seconds to Mars musician nabbed an Oscar for his riveting role in Dallas Buyers Club, but it cost him 40 pounds. 

Chris Hemsworth, Heart of the Sea, Weight Loss or Weight Gain for Roles, Instagram

The Thor star went from muscle maniac to scary skinny for his role in The Heart of the Sea. After filming wrapped, Hemsworth returned to his muscular self.

Miles Teller, Insurgent, Weight Loss or Weight Gain for Roles

Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Giorgio Armani; Lionsgate

The Spectacular Now star bulked up for his roles in Whiplash and The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones, Weight Loss or Weight Gain for Roles

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The Bridget Jones's Diary actress had to gain 30 pounds, not once, but twice for the lovable franchise's first and second films.

Chad Michael Murray, Weight Loss

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The actor shed 25 pounds for his role as a heroin addict in Other People's Children.

Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike

Warner Bros.; FAMEFLYNET

An actor hasn't startled us this much since Christian Bale whittled away to skin and bones in The Machinist. The Magic Mike hunk dropped 30 pounds to star in The Dallas Buyer's Club, the real-life story about a man dying from AIDS in the 1980s who treated himself with alternative remedies he smuggled into the United States from Mexico.

Matthew Fox, Lost, Alex Cross

Summit Entertainment; ABC

The actor lost 40 pounds to become shockingly ripped to play a killer opposite Tyler Perry in Alex Cross. He trained for five months with the same man who helps Daniel Craig get into James Bond shape.

Aaron Carter

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The singer posted a picture of his newly beefed up bod on Twitter, writing, "I've been at Johnny Wright's compound working on my mind, music, and body for a new album release!"

Taylor Lautner

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The teen heartthrob went from cute kid to beefy babe as werewolf Jacob Black in the Twilight sequel. "The day I finished Twilight, I came home and started bulking up," Lautner told Interview magazine. "For New Moon, I'm 30 pounds heavier than I was in Twilight."

Jason Segel, Weight Loss

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The actor lost a significant amount of weight for his role opposite Cameron Diaz in Sex Tape. "This time when I take my shirt off, I've made a promise to myself, it doesn't have to be funny," he told Us Weekly.

Rooney Mara

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Splash News

The up-and-comer has been spotted around town looking leaner for her starring role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. According to a source, the actress is also cutting her hair supershort and doing Pilates workouts to achieve her character's "anorexic" look.

Christian Bale

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The actor is no stranger to morphing for movie roles. In 2004, he lost more than 60 pounds for his skeletal role in The Machinist, and he did it again for the upcoming The Fighter opposite a very bulked-up Mark Wahlberg.

Jake Gyllenhaal; Disney

The actor looked more like a god than a prince for his role in 2010's Prince of Persia. Gyllenhaal said he studied Parkour, the French art of street running, to bulk up for the film.

Tom Hanks


"All it is is time and discipline," the Oscar winner told Time magazine of his role in 2000's Cast Away, for which he lost over 50 pounds to play a man stranded on an uninhabited island.

50 Cent


The usually ripped rapper shocked everyone with this pic of him looking dangerously skinny. He reportedly went from 214 to 160 pounds in just nine weeks to play a football player diagnosed with cancer in Things Fall Apart.

Carrot Top

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No joke, but that's Carrot Top! Forget carrots, his biceps look like friggin' watermelons.

Robert DeNiro

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Shaping up for movie roles is nothing new. The legendary actor earned an Oscar nom for his role as terrifying tattooed rapist Max Cady in the 1991 thriller Cape Fear.

Christian Bale, Dick Cheney

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In order to portray former Vice President Dick Cheney, the star sported a fuller figure ahead of his performance in the biopic Backseat. 

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