The real lesson of Christian Bale's transformation into Dick Cheney

It's time for Hollywood to retire the yo-yo diet

Christian Bale.
(Image credit: Greig Fraser / Annapurna Pictures 2018)

Christian Bale got fat. Why are we so impressed?

The two-time Sexiest Actor Alive gained some 40 pounds to play Dick Cheney in Vice. Photos of the "incredible" transformation have been rocketing around the internet for months. While a dash of makeup and some prosthetics certainly helped, Bale's physique alone is apparently so convincing that even negative reviews of the film have begrudgingly acknowledged the accomplishment: "Vice is exhausting, but Bale's something to behold," writes The Associated Press. The A.V. Club damns with this faint praise: "Christian Bale's Dick Cheney impression is the only virtue of the glib, superficial Vice."

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