Christian Bale felt 'like a bullfrog' transforming into Dick Cheney

Christian Bale felt less than handsome when he transformed himself into former Vice President Dick Cheney for Adam McKay's "Vice."

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Bale, 45, won the Best Actor Golden Globe and is up for an Oscar for his role as the ex-veep, for which he packed on 60 pounds.

Over the weekend, the Associated Press asked British actor how he felt in Cheney's rather rotund body.

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"Like a bullfrog," Bale quipped. "Or sometimes he's been described as a walrus."

He added, "I built up my neck so I felt like I could take anything ... I just felt like a bulldozer all day long."

Bale, who previously dropped to 120 pounds for "The Machinist" in 2004 and put on 30 pounds of muscle for "Batman Begins" a year later, said playing Cheney was "lovely ... it seemed almost impossible."

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In December, Bale told Variety of his weight gain for the part, “You’re absolutely just losing all discipline and gorging like crazy. I need to stop it, it’s not healthy for your body. I’m in my mid-40s now, it’s going to start catching up with me if I don’t start being a little bit aware of my mortality."

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“I have almost always enjoyed transformation – mental and physical, sometimes it can be a great help to look in the mirror and not see yourself, in terms of being able to remove yourself from any kind of a character," he added. "I’m glad I did it, but I think it should be in the past now."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.