1 / 15

Christian Bale – ‘American Hustle’

After playing the buff Batman for years, Bale really let himself go to play conman Irving Rosenfeld, putting on 43 lbs (3 stone) for the role, injuring himself in the process. “At one point I said enough already,” said his director David O Russell. “He lost three inches of height, and even got a herniated disc.”

15 insane actor weight gain transformations

Tom Butler
Senior UK Writer

In this age of buff bodied movie stars with their cucumber water and kale smoothies, the attraction of acting roles that require a bit of weight gain must be irresistible. Emma Stone recently revealed she’d added 15lbs to play tennis legend Billie Jean King in ‘Battle of the Sexes’ through protein shakes and hardcore workouts.

Here’s 15 more actors who beefed up and bulked out in the name of art.