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Christian Bale ‘Eating Lots of Fertilizer’ to Buff Up Ahead of ‘Frankenstein’ Role

Christian Bale ‘Eating Lots of Fertilizer’ to Buff Up Ahead of ‘Frankenstein’ Role

Veteran actor Christian Bale is gearing up to play Frankenstein’s Monster in an upcoming film. Of course, that means he’s transforming. He is already set to shave his head, he told The Hollywood Reporter. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the method actor.

Bale, famous for radically altering his body for roles, hinted at an intense training routine to bulk up to play the monster. “I’ve got to get busy getting on the rack, breaking my bones, and eating lots of fertilizer or something to try and grow,” he quipped.

The currently untitled project will see Bale reteaming with his Dark Knight co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal. However, Gyllenhaal is set to direct the film. Bale is poised to co-star alongside Jessie Buckley, Annette Bening, Penelope Cruz, and Peter Sarsgaard.

Christian Bale’s Frankenstein’s Monster Will Be Seeking a Bride

Gyllenhaal’s upcoming movie will depict Christian Bale’s Frankenstein’s monster on a quest for love, seeking a bride. According to the logline of the movie, the plot “follows a lowly Frankenstein who travels to 1930s Chicago to seek the aide of a Dr. Euphronius in creating a companion for himself. The two reinvigorate a murdered young woman and the Bride is born.” More plot details are yet to be revealed, including the actors playing the Bride and Dr. Euphronius.

Since the film is set up at Warner Brothers, the iconic Universal Studios-style Frankenstein’s Monster make-up that Boris Karloff wore can’t be used. However, this means Gyllenhaal and Bale are open to creating their own unique look for the famous creature.

This is only Gyllenhaal’s second film as a director. However, her first film was met with impressive accolades. In 2021, she directed the psychological drama The Lost Daughter, featuring Olivia Colman, which received critical acclaim. The film earned three Oscar nominations and secured Gyllenhaal the Best Screenplay award at the Venice Film Festival

Christian Bale Won’t Be the Only High Profile Frankenstein Stomping into Theaters

Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal and Christian Bale’s movie is not the sole Frankenstein-related project in development. Renowned director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Hellboy) is stitching together his own Frankenstein take.

However, Bale’s portrayal will likely contrast sharply with del Toro’s slated monster. Up-and-comer Jacob Elordi, fresh off Saltburn is del Toro’s monster. Similar to Gyllenhaal, del Toro has also brought together an impressive ensemble. The cast includes Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), Mia Goth (Pearl), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) in del Toro’s upcoming film.

Of course, this is something of a passion project for Guillermo del Toro, who famously loves the classic monsters. The director has an entire house dedicated to his horror memorabilia.

Both Frankenstein films are expected to drop in 2025.