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Christian Bale says Hollywood actors owe a career to Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Christian Bale says Leonardo DiCaprio is Hollywood’s top choice actor in any movie.
  • For example, the actor said the creators of “American Psycho” originally wanted DiCaprio to star.
  • “As of now, any role someone gets is only because they passed it on,” Bale told GQ.

Christian Bale says everyone in Hollywood “owes” their careers to Leonardo DiCaprio for saying no to the movies they’ve starred in.

Although the British actor has long established himself in Hollywood, having starred in numerous films since childhood such as Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun”, Disney’s “Newsies” and the 2008-2012 Batman trilogy, competition for the roles still exists.

During an interview for the November 2022 issue of GQ, Bale was asked about reports that he lost five film roles in the 1990s, including the role of Jack in ‘Titanic,’ to DiCaprio. He responded by saying that the only reason he and any other actor in Hollywood got to star in the movies is because DiCaprio said no to the projects in the first place.

“It’s not just me. Look, to this day, any role anyone gets is only because they passed it on beforehand,” Bale, 48, said. “It doesn’t matter what anyone tells you. It doesn’t matter how friendly you are to the directors. All these people I’ve worked with many times, they all offered him each of these roles first.”

“I would suspect that almost everyone his age in Hollywood owes their careers to him by passing any project on to him,” Bale said.

“So thank you, Leo, because literally he can choose whatever he does,” he added. “And good for him, he’s phenomenal.”

Christian Bale in a scene from "American Psycho."

Christian Bale in a scene from ‘American Psycho’.

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“American Psycho,” for which Bale won critical acclaim for his portrayal of lead character Patrick Bateman, was one movie DiCaprio could have had. Initially, Lionsgate wanted DiCaprio to play the lead role, Defect reported.

Speaking to GQ, Bale said he was therefore paid the “absolute minimum” legally allowed to star in the film.

“Nobody wanted me to do it except the director,” Bale explained. “So they said they would only be successful if they could pay me that amount. I was preparing for that when other people were playing the role. I was always preparing for that.”

But Bale doesn’t seem to have bad blood about losing movie roles to DiCaprio.

“Do you know how grateful I am to get anything? I mean, I can’t do what he does,” he told the magazine. “I wouldn’t want the exposure he has either. And he does it beautifully.”