Have we already mentioned how freakishly great Christian Bale is at losing and gaining massive amounts of weight for film roles? Well, one of the times he did that was during his preparations to play boxer Dicky Eklund in the 2010 film “The Fighter.”
For that one, he lost no less than 30 pounds. Honestly, we can’t figure out how he keeps coming back to his original weight after those drastic shifts. That’s impressive.
A Hasty Biker
One of Bale's major hobbies is riding motorcycles, but he quit track racing after he had a number of accidents. We're surprised it took him that long to decide to quit because, by the time he did, he already had a titanium clavicle, a steel plate in his wrist, and 25 screws in his hand.
He also lost a fingertip for a minute there, but thank God, the doctors were able to reattach it. Christian, we know you were psyched about tack racing, but we're relieved you gave it up. Focus on your acting, will you?
Bale's outburst at a camera operator on the set of "Terminator: Salvation" including the famous "Oh good for you!" catchphrase-to-be became a viral sensation. It inspired a number of songs, remixes, parodies, and even a skit on "The Colbert Report" starring Steve Martin alongside Colbert himself, imitating the original tantrum by Bale.
We're not ones to support poor anger management, but if it does happen, we prefer for it to encourage such creativity.
A Humble Winner
Bale may have been the one to win Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film "The Fighter," but that doesn't mean he thought he was necessarily the one to deserve the award most.
In his acceptance speech on stage, he said that actor Robert De Niro was the best. There aren't many qualities we admire in an actor more than humility. Well, and awesome acting. And a killer charisma. And handsomeness. But humility is pretty high on our list, for sure.
Going Full Religious
As part of his preparations for the role of Moses in the film "Exodus: Gods and Kinds," Bale decided to go all in and read the first five books on the Old Testament, the Quran, Jonathan Kirch's "Moses, a Life," and Louis Ginzberg's "Legends of the Jews."
Hey, we're willing to bet not even Moses knew this much about Moses. You've got to give it to him. He wouldn't do a Moses any other way.