Christian Bale Jokes He Only Gets Roles Leonardo Dicaprio ‘Passed on Beforehand’

Several films starring Christian Bale nearly starred Leonardo DiCaprio. The 48-year-old actor from Amsterdam told GQ that in Hollywood, “any role that anybody gets is only because [Leonardo] DiCaprio passed on it before.”

“It doesn’t matter what anyone tells you. It doesn’t matter how friendly you are with the directors. All those people that I’ve worked with multiple times, they all offered every one of those roles to him first,” said Bale.

“I had one of those people actually tell me that. So, thank you, Leo, because literally, he gets to choose everything he does. And good for him, he’s phenomenal.” Bale said it doesn’t bother him that Leonardo DiCaprio, 47, is better than him because “it’s not just me.”

“Do you know how grateful I am to get any damn thing? I mean, I can’t do what he does,” he said. “I wouldn’t want the exposure that he has either. And he does it magnificently. But I would suspect that almost everybody of similar age to him in Hollywood owes their careers to him passing on whatever project it is.”

The actor who was in The Dark Knight also told GQ that he does not think of himself as a leading man.

Christian Bale Jokes About Leonardo Dicaprio On Getting His Roles
Christian Bale Jokes About Leonardo Dicaprio On Getting His Roles

“I’ve never considered myself a leading man. It’s just boring. You don’t get the good parts,” said Bale. “Even if I play a lead, I pretend I’m playing like, you know, the fourth, fifth character down, because you get more freedom.”

Bale also talked about making Thor: Love and Thunder this year and said that his first time acting in front of a lot of green screens was not his favorite way to work.

“That’s the first time I’ve done that. I mean, the definition of it is monotony,” he said. “You’ve got good people. You’ve got other actors who are far more experienced at it than me. Can you differentiate one day from the next? No. Absolutely not. You have no idea what to do. I couldn’t even differentiate one stage from the next. They kept saying, ‘You’re on Stage 3.’ Well, it’s like, ‘Which one is that?’ ‘The blue one. ‘ They’re like, ‘Yeah. But you’re on Stage 7.’ ‘Which one is that?’ ‘The blue one. ‘ I was like, ‘Uh, where?’ “

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