Method actor Christian Bale usually has no problem morphing into his characters on and off set. But with his latest film, David O. Russell’s Amsterdam, he ran into an obstacle: his co-star Chris Rock.
Bale says the director had Rock tell him some stories on set, but “Chris is so damn funny” that it prevented him from getting into the role.
“I remember his first day, I was excited to meet him, I’m a huge fan of his standup,” Bale told IndieWire. “Then he arrives and does some things. …David [O. Russell] told him to tell me some stories I didn’t know he would tell me, that’s how David often works. And I loved it.”
Bale continued: “But Chris is so damn funny and I found I couldn’t act because I was about to laugh at Chris Rock. So I had to go to him, I said, ‘Dude, I love talking to you and we have mutual friends, but I can’t anymore. Because David didn’t ask me to do this film so he could just see me giggling. He wants me to be Burt and I’m forgetting how to be Burt.’”
The actor, who is known to take extreme measures to prepare for roles, said he doesn’t blame Rock. Distancing himself from his co-stars is just part of Bale’s process.
“I often meet these incredible people, but I isolate myself,” he said. “Because if I get to know people too much, I just don’t believe what I’m doing in the scene.”
“Amsterdam” will premiere on October 7th.
https://variety.com/2022/film/news/christian-bale-stopped-talking-chris-rock-amsterdam-funny-1235384280/ Christian Bale avoided Chris Rock on ‘Amsterdam’ set: Too ‘funny’