Despite Being Paid a Whopping $5,000,000 Less Than Christian Bale, Matt Damon Agreed to $225M Movie for This Reason

Despite Being Paid a Whopping $5,000,000 Less Than Christian Bale, Matt Damon Agreed to $225M Movie for This Reason
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Le Mans 66 became a household name when Christian Bale and Matt Damon starred in the 2019 iconic movie Ford v Ferrari. The movie saw Bale as historical driver Ken Miles and Damon as his partner Carroll Shelby with the movie getting hailed as peak cinema.

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As per the reports, there was a significant difference between the amount of money that Christian Bale and Matt Damon took home even though they were both in the lead role. Talking about why Damon agreed to star in the movie for a lesser amount of money, The Martian actor had quite a sweet and humble answer.

Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari (2019).
Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari (2019).

Matt Damon Agreed To Join Ford v Ferrari For Christian Bale

Depicting the story of Ken Miles and his partner Carroll Shelby, Christian Bale and Matt Damon starred in the 2019 movie Ford v Ferrari. Bale, being an actor of legendary status was paid a higher amount than Matt Damon despite both of them having an almost equal screen time.

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Although a difference in the amount was expected, what people did not expect to happen was that Matt Damon would be paid a whopping $5 million lesser amount than his co-star. As per the reports, the Interstellar actor was paid an amount of $10 million for his role as Carroll Shelby while Christian Bale was paid a whopping $15 million for his role as Ken Miles in the movie.

A scene from Ford v Ferrari
A scene from Ford v Ferrari

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Despite a difference of $5 million between the two stars, Matt Damon agreed to do the movie for a single reason only. As per film trivia, Damon did not care about the money but his only reason to join the movie was Christian Bale. Damon revealed that the number one reason that he wanted to do the movie was because he wanted to work with Christian Bale.

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In more recent news, Bale talked about his failed 2022 MCU movie Thor: Love and Thunder. According to the actor, there was a whole dance sequence that was cut from the film for some reason but he and director Taika Waititi had the whole thing planned out.

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Christian Bale Wanted To Do A Dance Scene In Thor: Love and Thunder

Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).
Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).

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In an interview that seemed borderline hilarious, Christian Bale revealed that he and director Taika Waititi had prepared a dance sequence for his character of Gorr the God Butcher in the 2022 MCU movie Thor: Love and Thunder. 

“Taika and I wanted to do a whole dance. We had all this sort of Kate Bush stuff that we worked at.”

This was confirmed by director Taika Waititi when he said that Netflix’s Stranger Things ruined Kate Bush with their usage of the song Running Up That Hill in the series. Well, it would have been unique to see Bale dancing on Kate Bush while dressed as Gorr the God Butcher but perhaps it wasn’t meant to be. The Matt Damon and Christian Bale starrer Ford v Ferrari is available to stream on fuboTV.

Source: IMDB

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.