Christian Bale Drops Out of ‘Ferrari’ Movie Due to Health Concerns

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Christian Bale has dropped out of Michael Mann’s “Enzo Ferrari” movie over health concerns, Variety has learned.

Sources say the reason for his exit is tied to health concerns over the weight gain required to play the role of the iconic car maker. Bale began the weight gain process for Ferrari he felt necessary, but couldn’t safely be ready in time for Spring, 2016.

Mann will now work quickly to tap a new actor to play the role as production is set to start later this spring.

Vendian Entertainment and YooZoo Bliss Film Fund are financing the project, which plans to shoot this summer in Italy. YooZoo Pictures will distribute “Enzo Ferrari” in China.

“Enzo Ferrari” — set in 1957 — tells the personal, intimate story of a passionate man and his sprawling world, at times hilarious and at the next moment devastating, as he faces a brutal challenge to his survival.

The script was written by Troy Kennedy-Martin, and revised by David Rayfiel and Mann. It’s based on Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari, The Man, The Cars, The Races.”

Bale is repped by WME and was just nominated for an Oscar his role in Paramount’s financial drama “The Big Short.” The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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    There’s a million of these ‘manic white guys’ everywhere… I think they can find another ‘nut’ to get on board!

  6. Lincoln says:

    Any role that requires destroying one’s body for the performance is not worth playing. This is why we have talented makeup and special effects artists.

  7. Bill B. says:

    The body can only take so much and he’s been all over the map throughout his career for various roles. He’s being smart. There are no shortage of roles for him. I thought it nice to see him look like his normal self in The Big Short. It’s been a while.

  8. Ever heard about make-up and prostetics?

  9. Harris says:

    This sounds more like an excuse not to do the movie, because he now read the last script version.

  10. Matt K. says:

    The weight fluctuations disturb me. Bale actually inspired me to go vegan and to lose 100 pounds when I was 17, but that loss happened before he, himself, started eating meat and drastically transforming his own body. His changing appearance is too much of a distraction in some films, and it defeats his purpose of helping audiences suspend disbelief. He should just worry about his own health because the lengths to which he has been going are not worth this sacrifice.

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  12. Didn’t he get down to emaciated for The Machinist? Seems that would be more of a “health” concern – maybe he just doesn’t need the roles the way he did then. He’s a brilliant actor btw.

  13. Anon says:

    Enzo Ferrari wasn’t heavy either. I don’t understand the big deal.

  14. JFA says:

    That sounds like a bit of baloney! Was Enzo Ferrari part of the Bataan death march? He wasn’t that thin….

    • JFA says:

      They ammended the article, it initially stated losing weight. Even so Ferrari wasn’t heavy at all in the years they’re covering. Average weight and height. Again seems a bit of non sense.

    • Matrices says:

      Thin? Bale was trying to GAIN weight.

    • Bill says:

      You misread the article; Bale would be required to GAIN weight to play Ferrari and he didn’t feel he could pack on the pounds quickly enough.

      Something most of the rest of us in the world have no problem with. ;-)

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