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Bale: Wife likes me chubby

Christian Bale is glad he's no longer at his American Hustle weight.

The Hollywood star is known for his changing frame and often shows his dedication to movie roles by buffing up or slimming down.

For 2004's The Machinist he lost more than 60lbs, then had to bulk up again in just six weeks to play caped crusader Batman. He's once again toned for his role as Moses in Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.

"I’m glad of those [Exodus: Gods and Kings] costumes. They could cover a bit of the American Hustle gut, which I was desperately trying to get rid of. But – wooo – it’s taking a long time.

"She [Sibi Blazic, wife] doesn’t care if I get fat. It makes her look skinnier, so she is all for it," Christian laughed to the British edition of Esquire magazine.

Christian, 40, married former model Sibi, 44, in 2000 and the couple have daughter Emmeline, nine, and welcomed a son in August this year.

To play sleazy Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle, Christian piled on the pounds and sported a comb-over hairstyle. The legacy of that weight gain lives on with Emmeline.

"My daughter still thinks I’ve got boobs. She goes, 'Look at your boobs!' I’m going to start wearing a bra. No, they’re glad that’s over. Because part of the thing I love is running around playing with my daughter: wrestling, climbing… And I couldn’t do it. I felt horrible. You do appreciate it when you get back to a place where you can spend time on a trampoline and not feel like you’re going to die," he smiled.

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