Actor CHRISTIAN BALE warned off stars including EWAN McGREGOR to ensure he
landed the lead role in AMERICAN PSYCHO – because he had already beaten
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO to be in with a chance of winning the part.
The British actor, who stars as Batman in forthcoming film The Dark Knight,
was ecstatic when DiCaprio dropped out of the running for American Psycho – and
was determined that no-one else should land the movie role.
He tells British newspaper The People, “I had to make a decision either to
accept I wasn’t going to get the part because Leo was a much bigger star or do
“I kept saying I was going to play the lead and people wondered if I was
losing my mind. It reached the point where the film studio said about me,
‘Don’t mention his name again.’
“But when Leo dropped out, the film company said, ‘Let’s call that crazy guy
who keeps telling everyone he can play the lead.’ I even warned other actors
off – including Ewan McGregor. I was not going to be bullied out of the part –
I was going to stand up for myself and fight.