Christian Bale was spotted heading into his personal trainer’s home on Tuesday afternoon for a private session. The ‘American Hustle’ actor looked a far cry from his character in the Oscar-nominated film, completely working off the 42 pounds of weight he put on after getting cast as Moses in ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings.’ Even though he’s the picture of health and fitness these days, that didn’t stop the 41-year-old actor from stopping by a Mexican joint and refueling after his workout.
Following the success of “Moneyball,” Brad Pitt and his Plan B shingle have assembled an all-star cast for the next adaptation of a Michael Lewis bestseller.
Sources tell Variety that Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling have come on board to star in “The Big Short,” Paramount and Plan B’s adaptation “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” which Adam McKay is writing and directing.
Lewis’ nonfiction tome tells the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010. Paramount had no comment.
Pitt will produce with DeDe Gardner through their Plan B banner. Production start date is unknown.
The book follows several key people who played a role in creating the disastrous credit bubble. The feature adaptation will likely feature several A-list actors who have similiar-sized roles, similar to the cast of “Traffic” or “The Counselor.”
As with “Moneyball,” Pitt has been very passionate about getting this adaptation onto the bigscreen.
His Plan B company has built a reputation for serious dramas that tackle important issues, with “12 Years a Slave” landing last year’s best picture Oscar and “Selma” deep in the Oscar race this year.
Pitt, who is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment, was last seen in “Fury.” The WME-repped Bale was last seen in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and will shoot the Travis McGee pic “The Deep Blue Goodby” this spring.
Gosling just wrapped production on the Warner Bros. thriller “The Nice Guys.” He is repped by Anonymous Content and LBI Entertainment.
Christian Bale felt the weight of the world on his shoulders when he played Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The American Hustle actor has taken on the “extreme character” in the new blockbuster, and he had to change his methods to do the Egyptian prince justice.
He told the Sunday Mirror’s Notebook magazine: “Moses is the most extreme character I’ve ever played.
“Because of that I actually changed the way I behaved on set. I kind of kept to myself, because I find it very difficult to get to know people too well and then play a character.”
The film – directed by Ridley Scott – sees Christian’s character as the defiant protagonist who fights against Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) by sending 600,000 slaves on a journey to escape Egypt, and the star even claimed Moses was even more difficult to perfect than murderer Patrick Bateman in the 2000 movie American Psycho.
He said: ”I thought: ‘I’ve got to turn him on and off because he’s too much.’
“You know, I played Patrick Bateman in ‘American Psycho’ where I stayed in character, but Moses is way more extreme than Patrick Bateman.”
Christian – who is married to Hollywood stunt double Sibi Blazic – admitted he found it difficult getting back into shape for the movie, having previously played overweight con man Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle.
He added: ”I was thankful to wear loose-fitting tent-like clothes throughout the film, as I was desperately trying to lose weight. I didn’t feel playing Moses as a fat guy would be fitting.”