Rescue Dawn, 2006
Bale worked with acclaimed film director Werner Herzog on this 2006 adaptation of Herzog’s 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly, which told the story of German-American aviator Dieter Dengler. Dengler was shot down and captured during the Vietnam War, and suffered physical and mental punishment from his captors. Bale lost 55 pounds to get the gaunt frame Dengler had while in captivity, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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