Why did Bale decide to abandon the titular role?
Apparently the actor cited health reasons as he would need to put on a lot of extra weight to play Enzo Ferrari. Even though he’s no stranger to packing or losing weight for his roles (i.e. The Dark Knight, The Machinist, American Hustle), Bale will reportedly have to gain weight just before shooting starts in spring.
He was concerned that there may be complications that will affect him if he suddenly gained weight in a short amount of time.
Currently, the film’s director Michael Mann, will be recasting the part in order for the Enzo Ferrari film to continue on schedule.