Christian Bale Looks Unrecognisable At Latest Press Conference

Actor is playing ex-Vice President Dick Cheney

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Extreme body transformations have a chequered history in Hollywood. For every Robert De Niro in Raging Bull (greatest film of all time, natch) there's a Jared Leto in Chapter 27, in which he almost killed himself becoming fat enough to play John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman in a comically awful film that totally flopped.

Christian Bale has a better record than most, losing extreme amounts of weight for The Machinist in 2014 before beefing up straight afterwards for Batman. Both won him plaudits, if no small amount of physical discomfort.

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Anyway – he's at it again, turning himself in a bald, tubby, old fella to play ex-Vice President Dick Cheney in Backseat. It was in this guise that he appeared at the Four Seasons Hotel in California this week (confusingly to promote a different movies, Hostiles) and shocked the world (again) with his appearance.

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Will it work a third time? Time will tell. The story of Cheney's life also stars Amy Adams and Steve Carell, and is being filmed as we speak.

For now, here's Leto in Chapter 27 again. Shouldn't laugh, really...