Christian Bale Drops Out of Film for Odd Reason
He was reportedly concerned over weight gain required to play Ferrari
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2016 10:19 AM CST
In this file photo taken Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, English actor Christian Bale poses for photographers during the premiere of the film "Exodus" in Madrid.   (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin, File)

(Newser) – Christian Bale has dropped out of a film, and sources say it's because he couldn't gain weight fast enough. Bale was due to star in Michael Mann's Enzo Ferrari movie, a biopic of the titular character set in 1957, but has left the production over, officially, health concerns. Sources tell Variety Bale had to gain weight in order to play the auto maker, and started the process, but didn't think he could safely get to the weight needed by spring, when production starts. Deadline reports that Mann is talking to other "heavyweight" actors as potential replacements. (Watch Bale "make out" with a bunch of people after winning a Critics' Choice Award Sunday night.)