Christian Bale had to stop talking to Chris Rock while on set of new movie
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As if Chris Rock hasn't already been subject to enough unsociable behaviour from movie stars, Christian Bale has admitted he had to stop talking to the comedian while on the set of their film Amsterdam.
The Dark Knight actor stars in the film alongside Margot Robbie and John David Washington, but the supporting cast also features some big names including Robert De Niro, Rami Malek, Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Taylor Swift, and, of course, Rock.
The film follows three Americans who make a pact to remain friends while serving in World War I, but eventually find themselves wrapped up in a dangerous conspiracy.
It's hard to imagine someone who's starred in big Hollywood films like American Psycho, Batman Begins and Thor: Love and Thunder ever getting starstruck, but in an interview with IndieWire Bale revealed that was exactly what happened when he came face-to-face with Rock.
The actor explained: “I remember his first day, I was excited to meet him, I’m a big fan of his standup. Then he arrives, and he’s doing some things. … David [O. Russell] told him to tell me some stories that I didn’t know he was gonna tell me, which is the way David works often. And I was loving it."
With Bale gushing over the comedian, you might be wondering why he would ever actively choose to try and ignore him on set. Well, you'll be glad to know it wasn't actually for anything negative. Basically, Bale was just having too much fun.
"Chris is so bloody funny and I found that I couldn’t act, because I was just becoming Christian laughing at Chris Rock," Bale explained.
“So I had to go to him, I went ‘mate, I love talking to you, and we have mutual friends, but I can’t do it anymore. Because David didn’t ask me to make this film so he could just watch me giggle. He wants me to be Burt, and I’m forgetting how to be Burt'."
I'm sure Rock would much rather have someone stop talking to him because he's too funny than slap him around the face for his jokes, and it was all for the best in the end as Bale did eventually manage to get into character.
The actor explained that he often has to distance himself from others in order to get the job done, saying: “I often meet these incredible people, but I isolate myself. Because if I get to know people too much, I find I just don’t believe what I’m doing in the scene.”
I'm sure Bale does an excellent job of staying in character for the film, but when Amsterdam arrives in theatres in October you can sit back with the knowledge he was at least having a good laugh between scenes.
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