Matt Damon Said Christian Bale Owes a Percentage of His Hollywood Success to Him For Turning Down an Oscar Winning Role in The Fighter

Matt Damon and Christian Bale's Collaboration and Oscar Clash

Matt Damon Said Christian Bale Owes a Percentage of His Hollywood Success to Him For Turning Down an Oscar Winning Role in The Fighter

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  • Matt Damon and Christian Bale collaborated for the first time in the 2019 film Ford v Ferrari, but they initially clashed for the role of Dick Eklund in the 2010 film The Fighter.
  • Damon passed on The Fighter due to an underwhelming script, which led to Bale's casting and subsequent Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor.
  • Damon acknowledged that if he had accepted the role, Bale might not have been cast, and he appreciates when the right actor gets the part.
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Matt Damon and Christian Bale are among some of the critically acclaimed actors in the industry. The actors shared the screen for the first time in James Mangold’s biographical sports drama Ford v Ferrari. However, before they collaborated on the 2019 movie, the duo clashed for the Oscar-winning role of Dick Eklund in the 2010 film The Fighter.

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A still from Ford v Ferrari
Ford v Ferrari (2019)

During a 2019 interview, Damon and Bale discussed their involvement in the acclaimed movie and how Damon leaving the film ultimately resulted in The Dark Knight star winning his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

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Matt Damon Reflected on His Role in Christian Bale’s Oscar Win

Christian Bale has been quite open about how many of his roles were initially declined by the iconic actor Leonardo DiCaprio. And it seems that Bale is ready to include another name on that list, as he said during an interview with GQ, “I think I’ve got a few projects that Matt [Damon] passed on.”

Matt Damon and Christian Bale posing for GQ
Matt Damon and Christian Bale posing for GQ

And according to the Jason Bourne star, the most famous among them is from the 2010 film The Fighter. Matt Damon shared that although the story was quite fascinating, “the script wasn’t there” until David O. Russell took over as its director.

“I read the script because I thought it was fascinating, but the script was not very good. And we had a different director at the time,” he said. After Damon backed out from the movie, Russell cast Bale alongside Mark Wahlberg in the film, for which he landed an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

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Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund
Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund

The duo further discussed that if The Martian star had accepted the offer for the less-impressive version of The Fighter, Bale would not have landed the role in the acclaimed movie. And he wouldn’t have won the Oscar as well. “There’s a percentage that I owe you?” the Oscar-winning actor acknowledged his co-star’s hypothesis in good spirits.

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Matt Damon Was Amused by Christian Bale’s Performance in The Fighter

Talking about the 2010 movie The Fighter, Matt Damon said that his fellow actor Mark Wahlberg was very much interested in the film. “And Mark [Wahlberg] really wanted to do it and was so excited about it,” he shared during the interview.

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The Fighter (2010)
Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in The Fighter (2010)

The Boogie Nights actor was cast in the film as the professional boxer Micky Ward and Damon was expected to play Dicky Eklund. The role later went to Christian Bale after Damon backed out from the movie. “I always laugh about Dicky Eklund [The Fighter] because I thought a lot about playing him,” he said.

Although he wanted to play the character, he was glad that it went to the right actor. “And I always do say the right actor gets the part,” he said as he recalled that there have been several similar cases, and he felt the same about them as well. “I watch the movie, and I go, ‘That was great. That worked out,'” he said.

The Fighter is available on Netflix.

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Ford v Ferrari is available on Hulu.

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Written by Laxmi Rajput

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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.