No matter how many cuckoo recordings of Christian Bale flipping out we might hear, there's no denying he's one foxy fellow. He's in top physical form in 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight,' due, no doubt, to a strict exercise and diet regimen. And even in movies where he's not a superhero, like the Western '3:10 to Yuma' or the period piece 'The Prestige,' he's still a buff, handsome dude. He's even a cute kid in 'Empire of the Sun' and a damn fine dancer in 'Swing Kids.'

In other movies, however, he's practically unrecognizable, whether it's because he's subsisting on a supermodel diet, tanned and toned beyond belief, or playing a journalist trapped in a 'Velvet Goldmine.'

In honor of the brand new trailer for 'The Fighter,' let's check out some of Bale's most bizarre looks. Because if it's good enough for every woman who walks the red carpet, it's good enough for Batman, dammit.

1. 'The Fighter'
As Dickie Eklund, the half-brother of boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg), he's practically unrecognizable as a wiry, drugged-out loose cannon with slicked back hair, a bald spot, and bad teeth. Knowing Bale's commitment to the craft, he probably skipped the makeup artist and just got his head waxed in a reverse tonsure.
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