A bizarre trend has developed in the way that movie audiences and critics perceive great performances based on the amount of weight an actor can pile on or shake off.
While it’s impressive to see Christian Bale go from stacked man-mountain to skeletal horror-show, you can’t help but wonder if the effort for the meticulous diet plans could have been applied to the movie’s plot.
There is always a lot of buzz around a film that can hype up the dramatic bodily transformation of its star, but check back for a re-watch in a couple of months and you’ll find that there was nothing of substance behind the increasingly-popular gimmick.
Honourable Mention: Ryan Gosling Lovely Bones
It’s hard not to feel a bit bad for Gosling. The heartthrob gained over 4 stone to play the father of Saoirse Ronan’s ill-fated character Susie and when he arrived to begin filming he was informed that director Peter Jackson did not approve of this decision and promptly replaced him with Mark Wahlberg. That's got to hurt.
What made him decide that packing on the pounds was the best course of action is still a mystery, probably even to the actor himself in hindsight.
The situation is best summed up by Gosling during a Hollywood Reporter interview about a diet of liquid Häagen-Dazs and regret:
“I just showed up on set, and I had gotten it
wrong. Then I was fat and unemployed."