Christian Bale won an Academy Award for his performance, but in his opinion, Leonardo DiCaprio is more significant. In a recent interview with GQ, Bale talked about the roles he lost to DiCaprio and even thanked him for passing on the ones he had gotten.

The Academy Award-winning actor was questioned about the rumors that he was passed over for at least five roles in the 1990s by DiCaprio in an interview with GQ.  “Oh, dude. It’s not just me. Look, to this day, any role that anybody gets, it’s only because he’s [DiCaprio] passed on it beforehand,” Bale replied. “It doesn’t matter what anyone tells you. It doesn’t matter how friendly you are with the directors. All those people that I’ve worked with multiple times, they all offered every one of those roles to him first. Right? I had one of those people actually tell me that. So, thank you, Leo, because literally, he gets to choose everything he does. And good for him, he’s phenomenal.” 

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Because of this, Bale seems to accept that he owes DiCaprio a small part of his career.

“Do you know how grateful I am to get any damn thing? I mean, I can’t do what he does. I wouldn’t want the exposure that he has either,” he explained any actor his age in Hollywood has Leonardo DiCaprio to thank for their gigs.

“I would suspect that almost everybody of similar age to him in Hollywood owes their careers to him passing on whatever project it is.”

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Christian Bale will appear in three movies by the end of 2022: Thor: Love and Thunder, Amsterdam, and The Pale Blue Eye. David O. Russell is the director, writer, and producer of the 2022 historical mystery comedy thriller film Amsterdam. The movie is set to be released by 20th Century Studios on October 7, 2022, in the US.