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“It’s only because he’s passed on it”: Christian Bale Reveals He Owes His Career to Leonardo DiCaprio, Says All Actors Get His ‘Leftovers’ Even if They Deny it

Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio

There is no doubt that Christian Bale is a great actor. He has proved this with his work in several genres and with his dedication to every character. He has won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a supporting role and two Golden Globe Awards. Bale recently appeared in Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder as Gorr the God Butcher. His upcoming film Amsterdam, a drama-comedy is set to release on 7 October 2022. 

Christian Bale
Christian Bale is Burt in Amsterdam

However, after all this success and work, Christian Bale shares that he has not been on a film set in months and would love to continue not working. In his recent interview with GQ, Bale also expressed his gratitude toward Leonardo DiCaprio claiming that all the roles he got were first offered to him. 

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Christian Bale is Grateful to Leonardo DiCaprio For His Career

Christian Bale reportedly lost around five roles to Leonardo DiCaprio in the 90s. One of the most prominent roles in these was of Jack Dawson in James Cameron’s Titanic. According to the book, Christian Bale – The Inside Story Of The Darkest Batman, Bale auditioned for the role but lost it to DiCaprio.  

Christian Bale confirms that he is willing to return as Batman on one condition
Christian Bale

Although he was considered for the role, he was later told that Cameron did not want two British actors playing the leads who were supposed to be American. The director had already cast Kate Winslet for the role of Rose. The book also mentions that he lost roles in This Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to DiCaprio as well.

However, In his recent interview with GQ, Bale expressed his gratitude toward Leonardo DiCaprio. He claimed that every role that he has received so far was offered to DiCaprio first. He further says that it’s not just him, but every actor gets any role in Hollywood because DiCaprio passed on it beforehand.

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He continued with, “All those people that I’ve worked with multiple times, they all offered every one of those roles to him first. Right? I had one of those people tell me that.” 

Leonardo DiCaprio allegedly started vaping while on his date!
Leonardo DiCaprio

When he was asked if he ever takes it personally, he says, “No. Do you know how grateful I am to get any damn thing?” He says that he can’t do what DiCaprio does and he does not wish for the exposure he has either. Christian Bale even went on to claim that every actor in the same age group as DiCaprio owes their career to Leonardo DiCaprio. 

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Christian Bale Got American Psycho After Leonardo DiCaprio Left the Movie

After Titanic became the highest-grossing movie, Leonardo DiCaprio’s career graph also started showing growth. With time he was offered more movies. One of these movies was American Psycho. He almost got the leading role of the serial killer, Patrick Bateman. 

The film was initially supposed to be directed by Mary Harron, who planned on casting Christian Bale as the lead in the film. However, Harron was fired from the film, and Oliver Stone took over as the new director. After which, the production house Lionsgate decided to cast DiCaprio in the lead. 

Christian Bale in American Psycho
Christian Bale in American Psycho

But, following some creative differences, Leonardo Dicaprio and Oliver Stone quit the film, and the production company brought Harron and Bale back. The film went on to be one of the best films of Bale’s career.

Leonardo DiCaprio is starring in Killers Of The Flower Moon, which is expected to be released in May 2023.

Christian Bale’s next film, Amsterdam, will release on 7 October 2022.

Source: GQ

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.