How A Typo Caused Christian Bale To Lose 60 Pounds

How A Typo Caused Christian Bale To Lose 60 Pounds

Christian Bale shed more than 60 pounds for his role in the 2004 psychological thriller "The Machinist," but according to his co-star, Michael Ironside, that dramatic weight loss wasn’t even intentionally scripted.

As Ironside explained in a HuffPost Live interview about his new film, "Extraterrestrial," the writer behind "The Machinist" had written the part for someone significantly shorter and hadn’t adjusted the weight description in the script to reflect Bale’s six-foot stature -- but Bale welcomed the challenge.

“The writer is only about five-foot-six, and he put his own weights in,” Ironside told host Ricky Camilleri. “And then Chris did the film and Chris said, ‘No, don’t change the weights. I want to see if I make them.’ ... So those weights he writes on the bathroom wall in the film are his actual weights in the film.”

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