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Saturday, December 11, 2021

I caught The Machinist earlier this evening. It was alright. It was the only movie currently in local theaters that I had any interest in seeing.

The big buzz on this film was the extreme weight loss star Christian Bale underwent for the role: Allegedly 63 pounds, a Hollywood record. It did indeed make for a jarring effect. Although honestly, what kept running most through my mind was how much the gauntness made Bale a dead ringer for Ethan Hawke, and so I wondered why they didn’t just hire Hawke instead.

Aside from that, I noticed a couple of interesting tidbits. Here’s the main one:

Early in the movie, there’s a scene with Bale’s character and his coworkers in the employee locker room. The locker door near Bale had a picture of Robin, the Boy Wonder on it. I have a feeling that’s an inside joke, since Bale’s next big role is going to be Bruce Wayne in the prequel Batman Begins.

The next tidbit is something of a spoiler for the plot of The Machinist, so I’ll hide it below for those who haven’t yet seen it and still want to:

Character actor Michael Ironside plays Miller, who early on loses his arm due to an accident caused by Bale’s character. The loss of a limb represents something of a trend for Ironside: In Starship Troopers, his character loses both his legs, while in Total Recall, his character loses both his arms.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/11/2021 09:13:21 PM
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