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Male Gaze: Christian Bale’s Psycho Body

AMERICAN PSYCHO, Christian Bale, 2000, (c) Lions Gate/courtesy Everett Collection

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.

AMERICAN PSYCHO, Christian Bale, 2000

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.

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