Christian Bale lets rip at film critic over ‘trademark weight loss’ comment

Christian Bale is no stranger to undergoing dramatic physical changes and his transformation for his latest role in the Golden Globe-nominated movie The Fighter was no different, with the actor losing one third of his entire body weight to embody real-life former boxer and manic drug addict Dicky Eklund.

For many actors, gaining and losing significant amounts of weight is part of the job, but few would be prepared to adopt the extreme measures of Bale, who previously lost a staggering 63 pounds for his role  as an emaciated insomniac in The Machinist.

When a critic had the audacity to write about Bale’s “trademark weight loss”, the hot-tempered actor lashed back: “To be honest, I find it laughable that it’s considered to be some f****** gimmick – it’s so patronizing,” Bale told Australia’s Empire Magazine.

“For God’s sake, do people not understand what a pain it is to do?

“It’s as though it’s some comment about, ‘Oh it’s easy for him, because he’s done it a bunch of times’.

“It’s not easy, it’s not fun – it’s horrible.

“I would never pick to do that, but it’s a part that I like and he’s a welterweight and he’s a crackhead.

“I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a welterweight with any fat on him – or a crackhead.

“So it’s just what you end up having to do.

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On how he choses the parts he plays, Bale recently told MTV:”I have no goal of seeing if I can become invisible one day, eat so little that I disappear.

“I didn’t take this job because I went, ‘Oh, there’s a physical transformation needed.’ I always go, ‘Damn! There’s a physical transformation needed.

“Again, I just didn’t recognize that. I just like the character and then realized, ‘Oh, crap,  he’s a welterweight.'”

Read here about Hugh Jackman, who took the other extreme, bulking up with a high-calorie diet for his role in Wolverine.

Mark Wahlberg and Will Smith to duke it out for $1m each?

A renowned boxing promoter thinks it would be a good idea to pit Mark Wahlberg against Will Smith in the boxing ring. According to Damon Feldman the event would make a great celebrity spectacle.

Feldman, who is the Hollywood Boxing Federation chief, is willing to lay down the lure of $1m to each actor.

Both actors have now appeared in boxing movies. Wahlberg’s latest fare, The Fighter was released for public viewing last Friday, while Will Smith famously starred as the iconic Muhammed Ali in the 2001 blockbuster, Ali.

If the event went ahead it wouldn’t be the first celebrity boxing match to take place through the Hollywood Boxing Federation, but these two would be the first that have been trained to fight professionally.

Wahlberg underwent a rigorous, self enforced training regime to get into shape for The Fighter; flying his two trainers, boxing gloves and speed bags with him wherever he went. This included the sets of other films he was working on at the time, where he would get up as early as 4 am to slug it out with his punch bag. During his down time on the set of The Fighter he would spar for up to 4 hours with other boxers.

“I spent more money paying my trainers and having them travel with me than I got paid, by a good half a million dollars,” said Wahlberg.

Feldman has proposed a slightly different deal for the pair. Celebrity boxers normally take each other on in 3 minute rounds (the regulation standard for amateur boxers), but his intention for Wahlberg and Smith is to fight in 3 three rounds lasting just 1 minute each.

Feldman is reported as saying, “We don’t think these two are going to rip each others heads off, we’re just hoping to get into the ring and have a little fun duking it out.”

And he added, “It would be a great event too, can you imagine?”

The pair have as yet said nothing on the matter, but were they to accept it would be a massive coup for the Hollywood Boxing Federation whose previous combatants include less well known names like Jose Canseco, Tonya Harding and Rodney King.

Would you like to see Mark Wahlberg fight Will Smith, and if so, who do you think would win? Or does it smack a little too much of Celebrity Deathmatch? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Read about Muhammed Ali‘s battle with Parkinson’s diease, Mickey Rourke‘s facial reconstruction, Boxing Legend Gus Mercurio, and Christy Martin‘s stabbing.


Amy Adams shuns Hollywood pressure to bounce back to pre-pregnancy body

Celebrity moms are all too familiar with the pressure to rapidly shed the weight gained during their pregnancy months, but new mother Amy Adams refuses to submit herself to the drastic measures adopted by so many Hollywood stars.

The 36-year-old oscar nominee, who gave birth to daughter Aviana seven months ago, admits that being in good shape is important, but she doesn’t believe in going over the top with gruelling exercise and diet regimes in the name of her career, especially as she doesn’t believe that her “rockin’ bod” ever landed her her jobs in the first place.

In an interview with Parade, the Doubt actress said: “Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body – meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit.

“I was like, ’Look, I can carry a baby! I’m gaining weight right, everything is going well.’ And I’ve had that relationship ever since.

“I’ve been working out when I can… but losing weight is not my number one priority. It’s part of my job to return to some semblance of what I was before. But I don’t feel I’ve ever made my career on my rockin’ bod.”

With many celebrity moms shedding their baby weight in the first few weeks after giving birth, future moms would do well to follow in Amy’s more sensible footsteps, placing their priorities straight and being kinder to themselves by opting for a diet and exercise regime that doesn’t push their bodies to the limit.

As reported by Daily Mail, the refreshingly down-to-earth celeb said she opted for pole dancing lessons as a fun way to help her shed some of her baby weight.

“Some mum friends said it’s a good way to lose the baby weight. And I’ll do anything to get off that treadmill,” the charming actress said.

Amy Adams can be seen on the big screen now starring as Mark Wahlberg’s girlfriend in The Fighter.

Read here about reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian’s collapse, a result of the extreme measures she adopted to slip into a bikini for a fashion shoot.

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