Male Gaze: Christian Bale’s Psycho Body

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Knowing we wanted to bring you a hot shirtless man to end the week with, we googled Christian Bale and consequently spent the last several hours in a hotness-k-hole, reveling (on your behalf), in the many iterations of his facial hair and penetrating stare. Bale captivates in every role, but his 2000 portrayal of the obsessive-compulsive, murderous Patrick Bateman in American Psycho stands out. If only because of his incredible, uh, physical transformation.

To prepare for the role Bale reportedly worked out three hours a day, six days a week, mixing interval training with stretching. In the movie he methodically completes sets of crunches, and jumps rope in his immaculate apartment. We've included a clip to inspire you to call your trainer. Or just stare.