Christian Bale says Chris Rock was so funny on set that it got in the way of his acting

Christian Bale says Chris Rock was so funny on set that it got in the way of his acting
Christian Bale says Chris Rock was so funny on set that it got in the way of his acting

Chris Rock became a problem on the set of Amsterdam – but in a good way. According to Christian Bale, his castmate was so funny that it even got in the way of him getting into character (via Variety).


Speaking with IndieWire, Bale explained that part of director David O. Russell’s process involves his actors sharing stories with each other, to increase synergy among the cast. The “problem,” according to the actor, was that Rock was too funny when reminiscing about his stories, to the point that it got in the way of his process:

  • “I was loving it, but Chris is so funny that I couldn’t act. I had to come up to him and say ‘Man, I love talking to you, and we have a lot of friends in common, but I can’t do this anymore. David didn’t hire me to watch me laugh. He wants me to play Burt, and I’m forgetting how to be him.

After four seasons of Everybody Hates Chris, it is hard to be surprised that Chris Rock knows how to turn his own life stories into comedy, but still Christian Bale was a little surprised. The actor then explains that part of his process actually involves not mixing too much with his cast mates:

  • “I often meet amazing people, but I need to isolate myself, because if I end up knowing people too well, I realize I no longer believe what I’m doing in the scenes.”

The plot of Amsterdam is set in the 1930s, and follows three friends who witness a murder case and are accused of committing the crime. The trio then ends up going headlong into a huge conspiracy.

In addition to Bale and Rock, the cast includes big names such as Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey), John David Washington (Tenet), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit), Taylor Swift, Robert De Niro, and many others.


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