February 8th, 2011
08:17 PM ET
He's made a career out of changing his appearance with each movie role, but don't dare call Christian Bale's recent transformation a "gimmick."
Defending his recent weight loss for the critically acclaimed "The Fighter," Oscar nominee Bale reportedly told the Australian edition of Empire magazine, "'To be honest, I find it laughable that it's considered to be some f—ing gimmick — it's so patronizing. 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."
In fact, Bale, who plays troubled boxer Dicky Eklund in "The Figher," says, "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."
Bale, who dropped 70 pounds for his role in 2004's "The Machinist," concludes his tirade by saying, "Somebody told me that somebody wrote something about my 'trademark weight loss.' I'd just like to p- on that guy's shoes."
Okay, then. Anyone think Bale may be overreacting?
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