Christian Bale formed a fast friendship with co-star Chris Rock during the filming of Amsterdam, but it just couldn’t last, Bale.
Rock was simply too funny.
Bale and Rock, of course, are just two of the actors in the star-studded movie from David O. Russell. The cast also includes no less than Robert DeNiro, Margot Robbie, Taylor Swift, Rami Malek, John David Washington and Mike Myers.
But it was Bale who had to pause when spending time with his new pal.
“I remember his first day, I was excited to meet him. I’m a big fan of his stand-up,” Bale told IndieWire. “Then he arrives, and he’s doing some things… David 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.”
Christian Bell in Amsterdam
Turns out, Bale was “loving it” too much for his own good.
“Chris is so bloody funny and I found that I couldn’t act,” Bale said. “Because I was just becoming Christian laughing at Chris Rock.”
That’s when Bale drew a line of sorts, all I attempt to help him better portray the role of Burt Berendsen.
“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,'” Bale said. “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.'”
Eventually, Bale and Rock were able to carry on in their newfound friendship. And Rock needn’t take offense — as Bale said this isn’t the first time he’s had to take a step back from hanging with his co-stars.
“I often meet these incredible people, but I isolate myself,” he said. “Because if I get to know people too much, I find I just don’t believe what I’m doing in the scene.”
Amsterdam is set to hit theaters nationwide on Oct. 7.