Christian Bale Claims He Avoided Chris Rock on Amsterdam Set Because he Was ‘So Bloody Funny’

The Amsterdam cast is making a case for the best ensemble of the year, as the film is filled with some of the finest talent in Hollywood. Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and John David Washington lead the movie helmed by David O. Russell, with Chris Rock serving as one of the many supporting actors. Amsterdam follows the three Americans who formed a lifelong friendship while serving in WW1 and unintentionally become the prime suspects in a murder case after witnessing the tragedy.

During an interview with IndieWire, Bale spoke about his time on the Amsterdam set and claimed he was forced to avoid Chris Rock. But, of course, this wasn’t because of any drama between the two, but quite the opposite. Their chemistry was so great, and Rock was so funny that Bale needed to stay away from the actor to stay serious and in character on set. He says, “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.” But, according to Bale, he eventually spent so much time talking to Rock that it was messing with his performance.


“But Chris is so bloody funny and I found that I couldn’t act, because I was just becoming Christian laughing at Chris Rock,” Bale explains. “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 says. “‘He wants me to be Burt, and I’m forgetting how to be Burt.'” Luckily, Bale was able to maintain character long enough to finish Amsterdam, despite the developing friendship between Rock and himself.

Christian Bale Says He Distances Himself from His Costars Quite Often

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Christian Bale is known to take his work seriously, and sometimes that means separating his personal life from his professional. The actor admits it’s not the first time he’s had to distance himself from a costar, as he often prefers to focus solely on his work. “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.” His reasoning is understandable, as forming a close relationship with his costars means he knows far more about who they are outside their character.

Of course, the cast of Amsterdam is far too large to know everyone on an intimate level, as the supporting cast is shining with stars. Alessandro Nivola, Anya Taylor-Joy, Michael Shannon, Mike Myers, Taylor Swift, Zoe Saldana, Rami Malek, Robert De Niro, Timothy Olyphant, and Andrea Riseborough join the leads of the film. Fans don’t need to wait much longer to see the star-studded cast as Amsterdam arrives in theaters on Oct. 7.