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This actor had quite a rivalry with Leonardo Dicaprio

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October 20, 2021

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According to Harrison Cheung, Bale’s former publicist, a young Bale took this professional rivalry seriously. In his book Christian Bale: The Inside Story Of The Darkest Batman, Cheung claimed that the name Dicaprio burned Christian like a branding iron

When you are an actor and sharing stages with Leondaro DiCaprio then eyes may roll with all the attention he is getting. In this regard, former Batman Christian Bale may have viewed Dicaprio as his biggest Hollywood competition at one point. And it was said to be a bitter rivalry for Bale.

Why Christian Bale saw Dicaprio as his rival

When it came to acting, Christian Bale couldn’t help but see Leonardo Dicaprio as his arch-enemy. According to reports, Dicaprio made a propensity of snatching Bale’s acting gigs, resulting in a one-sided competition between the two. According to Harrison Cheung, Bale’s former publicist, a young Bale took this professional rivalry seriously.

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In his book Christian Bale: The Inside Story Of The Darkest Batman, Cheung claimed that the name Dicaprio burned Christian like a branding iron. Christian has lost films like This Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to Dicaprio throughout the years. Christian had auditioned for the role of Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, but was told that they had opted to put a different actor in the role. Christian Bale famously auditioned for the role of Jack Dawson in Titanic, a position that went to Leonardo Dicaprio and catapulted him to stardom. According to Cheung, Bale was passed up for the position because director James Cameron didn’t want two British lead actors.

Bale will eventually outshine Dicaprio by landing the main part in American Psycho, a film that Dicaprio had previously expressed interest in.

Celebrated actors

Both Christian Bale and Leonardo Dicaprio are well-known actors in Hollywood. They’ve both gotten a lot of accolades for their natural ability to lose themselves in roles and character choices. Bale is admired for his dedication to his job, which includes physically altering himself until he is unrecognizable. Dicaprio, on the other hand, is universally regarded as one of the greatest performers of this generation.

It’s unknown whether Bale and Dicaprio have maintained their feud. Fans have enjoyed both the actors’ work and a healthy competition is what matters.

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