Christian Bale gains incredible amount of weight to play VP Cheney (see photo)

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Actor Christian Bale was almost unrecognizable when he entered the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend.  The event served as a premiere for his upcoming movie, “Hostiles.”  But what made headlines was Bale’s appearance for his next film.

The actor who is always in great physical shape, appeared at the festival bloated and fat.  He really packed on the pounds for his first role in a movie about politics.

Bale is said to be shooting his new film, “Backseat,” in which he is set to play former Vice President Dick Cheney. To further his resemblance to Cheney, the 43-year-old also had his eyebrows dyed blonde.

His appearance is said to have surprised many who attended the festival as he was not immediately recognizable.

His weight gain methods were not disclosed by his rep, but it is noted that “Backseat” will begin filming this month. Also starring in the film are Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, Sam Rockwell as former President George W. Bush and Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller.

“Backseat” is reportedly a biopic about how Dick Cheney’s politics “changed the world.” The film’s release date in theaters has not been announced at this time.

A before and after picture depicts what Bale looks like when weighing in much heavier than usual:

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