What Is the Origin of Christian Bale’s Quiet Rivalry with Leonardo Dicaprio?


Christian Bale and Leonardo Dicaprio are both highly celebrated in Hollywood.

They’ve both received massive praise for their innate ability to lose themselves in roles and their choices in characters.

Bale is respected for his commitment to his craft, often physically transforming himself until he looks unrecognizable. Meanwhile, Dicaprio is widely seen as one of the greatest actors of his generation, if not the greatest.

But there might have been a time when the former Batman saw Dicaprio as his main rival in Hollywood.

And for Bale, it was reportedly a rivalry that ran deep.

Why Christian Bale saw Leonardo Dicaprio as his rival

Christian Bale couldn’t help but see Leonardo Dicaprio as his nemesis when it came to acting. Glamour reported that Dicaprio had a habit of taking the acting roles that Bale was after, which led to a one-sided competition between the two.

According to Bale’s former publicist, Harrison Cheung, a young Bale took this professional rivalry seriously.


The name burned Christian like a branding iron,” Cheung wrote in his tell-all book, Christian Bale: The Inside Story Of The Darkest Batman. “Over the years, Christian had lost This Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to Dicaprio.

Christian had read for the part of Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet but was told that they had decided to cast an African-American in the part instead.”

Christian Bale also famously auditioned for the role of Jack Dawson in Titanic, a character that went to Dicaprio and turned him into a superstar.

Bale lost the part because, according to Cheung, director James Cameron didn’t want two British lead actors.

Bale would later finally one up Dicaprio by snagging the lead role on American Psycho, which Dicaprio also showed interest in at one point.

Christian Bale and Leonardo Dicaprio have a lot in common

It makes sense why Bale and Dicaprio would often vie for the same roles. In addition to both being top-tier actors and starting out as kids in the industry, the two are pretty much the same age.

Both stars were born in 1974, with Bale being only ten months older than Dicaprio.

It’s unclear if Bale has maintained his rivalry with Dicaprio. The Fighter star has since been able to lead quite a few successful projects himself, including films like The Prestige and Vice. He even managed to win an Oscar for best supporting actor before Dicaprio won his best actor award for The Revenant.

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