i was reading a review of the new batman movie with Christian Bale when i read this: In order to play this part, Bale had to gain about 85 pounds (re-acquiring the 65 pounds lost from his work in The Machinist and putting on an additional 20 pounds of muscle). That was interesting so I looked up some info on the Machinist. It said he dropped from 180 to 120lbs. So in batman he weighs around 205 (he's 6'2"). Then i noticed this: The machinist finished filming in August of 2003 and Batman Begins began filming in March 2004. So he gained 85 lbs in 7 months?? That seems insane. i know the 65lbs he iniatially lost could probably be gained back fast. I also found this quote from him: On his transformation into Patrick Bateman for American Psycho (2000): "The character is so vain and obsessed with his looks. While the psychology of the character was something that I could perform, you can't fake the physicality. Being English, I tend to enjoy going down to the pub far more than going to the gym, so it was very unnatural for me. I just had to convince myself that I loved it, which was the most difficult thing about playing this part. Working out is incredibly boring. I swear its true that the bigger your muscles get, the fewer brain cells you have. I found I had to stop thinking when I was in the gym because if I thought about it, I'd realize how ridiculous it was that I was pumping iron when I could've been out having a drink and a cigarette and enjoying some lunch. I did three hours a day for six weeks with a personal trainer and some time before that. I ate an awful lot during training and then almost nothing during filming." I find it hard to believe a man with that attitude could accomplish that.