While there are some stars in Hollywood who are just happy to say their lines on camera and pick up a big pay check, there are others that put in the hard work and dedication that makes them stand out above the rest. These actors go above and beyond to make sure they give the best possible performance and, in most of these cases, their efforts are recognized.
Hollywood superstar Christian Bale is one of those actors, as he regularly does everything that he possibly can, in order to do the character the justice that it deserves. Christian recently put in a great performance in the movie American Hustle and was rewarded for it with an Oscar nomination, although it did come at a small price.
American Hustle director David O. Russell has revealed how Christian Bale piled on the pounds and perfected his characters hunched posture, which resulted in the actor injuring his back, "At one point I said enough already. He lost three inches of height, and even got a herniated disc. He's a quiet, sweet, smart person with endless passion" explained David.
Christian Bale faces some serious competition at the 2014 Oscars, as the category Best Actor in a Leading Role is full of actors who all have a serious shot at winning. Christian will go up against Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years A Slave, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street, Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club, and Bruce Dern for Nebraska.
The 86th Academy Awards will take place on March 2 and will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.