When Christopher Nolan first approached Christian Bale concerning the function, the actor was in a very distinctive bodily state, having slimmed down significantly as a way to painting the emaciated insomniac of director Brad Anderson’s “The Machinist.” Whereas Nolan was, after all, conversant in Bale’s work, he nonetheless wished to ensure the actor knew what he had in thoughts for Bruce Wayne. Bale recalled Nolan telling him about his dilemma in a “Making of ‘Batman Begins'” featurette:
“He did name me and say, ‘Nicely, you recognize, how do you look proper now? ? How am I going to significantly have the ability to recommend to Warner Bros. that you can play Batman ever in the event you’re that skinny?'”
After making “The Machinist,” Bale set to work on a coaching routine that will enable him to bulk up his physique significantly, because of Nolan having “impressed upon him the concept that for Bruce Wayne to essentially fill that go well with he was going to should be very, very massive,” the director mentioned.
Bale pushed his calorie consumption whereas lifting weights, sufficient to convey his weight as much as 220 kilos. Clearly, Bale’s bulking up had gone a bit of too far, and Nolan needed to discover a technique to “gently recommend” that the actor slim down once more. As Bale remembered the incident:
“I simply listened to what he mentioned about, ‘Get as large as you probably can,’ so that is what I did, you recognize? However I used to be type of like a bear, I wasn’t actually, like, a martial arts man. All lean and ripped and all the pieces like that. I may see the look on Chris’ face, you recognize? He seemed to me and it was like, ‘Oh Christ, what has this man performed?'”