Christian Bale Might Star in ‘Machinist’ Director’s ‘Concrete Island’

Christian Bale in 'The Machinist'

Christian Balecurrent Oscar frontrunner for playing a crackhead, washed-up boxer in David O. Russell‘s The Fighter — is planning his next transformation. And once again, it may require the actor to severely reduce his calorie intake.

According to We Got This Covered (via Cinema Blend), the Welsh-born star may re-team with director Brad Anderson for an adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s Concrete Island, a modern take on Robinson Crusoe.

Anderson previously directed Bale in The Machinist, which saw the actor shrink down to a shockingly gaunt 110 pounds. (He played a chronic insomniac.)

In Concrete Island, Bale will play “a wealthy architect” who crashes his Jaguar and becomes stranded on a man-made island. He is forced to survived on what’s left in his car and finds himself mentally deteriorating.

Bale likes to yo-yo diet: after completing The Machinist in 2004, he was soon bulked up to play Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins. He lost weight again for 2006’s Rescue Dawn, put it back on for 2008’s The Dark Knight, and slimmed down considerably once more for last year’s The Fighter. The third installment in the Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises, is slated to start shooting later this year, and Bale will certainly have to be in tip-top form.

Back in November, Bale told Esquire magazine that he considers acting a “sissy job” and that his physical transformations provide him with necessary challenges. “I have a very sissy job, where I go to work and get my hair done, and people do my makeup, and I go and say lines and people spoil me rotten,” Bale said. “And everyone has that kind of curiosity of how far can you go, how far can you take it. I think it’s always good testing yourself.”

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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