Christian Bale Thanks Leo DiCaprio for rejecting film which later came to him
Christian Bale, recently profiled by GQ and labeled “Hollywood’s reluctant king,” joked that he and many other actors owe their careers to Leonardo DiCaprio, who always seems to get first dibs.
“It’s not just me,” Bale said to the publication. “Look, to this day, any role that anybody gets, it’s only because he’s passed on it beforehand.” According to the 48-year-old star of Amsterdam, it does not make a difference how “friendly” an actor is with a director because “They all offered every one of those roles to him first… So, thank you, Leo, because literally, he gets to choose everything he does.”
Not taking it personally, Bale said, “I would suspect that almost everybody of similar age to him in Hollywood owes their careers to him passing on whatever project it is.” It is well knowledge that Leonardo DiCaprio, now 47 years old, was chosen over Christian Bale for the lead character of Jack Dawson in Titanic, as well as other meaty roles in This Boy’s Life and What is Eating Gilbert Grape.
After Leonardo DiCaprio left the production due to rumored creative disputes, Christian Bale got his big break in American Psycho (2000).