The Machinist : The Daily Night Black Coffee of Trevor Reznik


Just : « Apple Pie and Black Coffee » …


The amazing weigh loss of the actor, to lose weight for the role of Trevor Reznik, Christian Bale spent 4 months on a diet.

Just : « Apples, Tuna Can and Black Coffee ! »

« The producers of the film claim that Christian Bale dropped from about 173 pounds in weight down to about 110 pounds in weight to make this film. They also claim that Bale actually wanted to drop down to 100 pounds, but that they would not let him go below 120 out of fear that his health could be in too much danger if he did. His diet consisted of one can of tuna and an apple per day. His 63-pound weight loss is said to be a record for any actor for a movie role. He regained the weight in time for his role in Batman Begins (2005). »

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This was written as part of my AS course in Psychology, then declared irrelevant to what we were doing (frustratingly, as I’d been told reviewing this particular film would’ve been okay, but hey, you can’t have everything), so, considering as it’s not going to be marked, I thought I’d put it here. 

Out of the vast plethora of films dealing with issues of mental health, few remain as perpetually fascinating, effective and provocative as The Machinist (2004). Trevor Reznik, our protagonist played spectacularly by Christian Bale, is an industrial worker. He’s also on the verge of breakdown. Having not slept in year and his weight plummeting as fast as his paranoia skyrockets, the film documents his increasingly tenuous grasp on reality.

After a colleague is injured in a particularly gruesome accident, Trevor begins to suspect his co-workers of secretly resenting him, and worse, trying to drive him mad through cryptic…

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