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Christian Bale Reveals Why He Had To 'Isolate' Himself From Chris Rock While Shooting New Movie

Christian Bale Reveals Why He Had To 'Isolate' Himself From Chris Rock While Shooting New Movie
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We all enjoy a good laugh, but there are times we just aren't supposed to laugh. Now imagine trying to keep it together while working with a person who gets paid to be funny.

Even A-list actor Christian Bale had a hard time maintaining his composure when working with Chris Rock on the upcoming film Amsterdam.

Bale told GMA's James Longman he is such a fan of the comedian he had a bit of a problem not fanboying over his costar in the crime epic.

So much so he had to "isolate" himself from Rock.

Bale also discussed how difficult Rock is to work with—for all the best reasons—in a recent interview with IndieWire.

“Chris is so bloody funny and I found that I couldn’t act, because I was just becoming Christian laughing at Chris Rock."
“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 wants me to be Burt, and I’m forgetting how to be Burt.’"

Bale—famously a "method" actor—also told IndieWire he frequently has to "isolate" himself from his fellow actors to do his job to his best ability. But performing alongside Rock presented its own particular challenges.

As he put it to GMA's Longman:

"I've spent six years working on this and I'm gonna blow it all in two days! So I did go to Chris and say, 'I can't talk to you anymore.'

On Twitter, many fans found Bale's struggles with Rock instantly relatable.






Rock likely wasn't the only actor people struggled not to get the giggles from on the set of Amsterdam.

The crime caper's all-star cast also includes Mike Myers, along with Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldana and Rami Malek.

The film comes out on October 7.