Is Christian Bale doing a ‘Revenant’-esque film to get back at Leo DiCaprio?

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Do you think Christian Bale hates Leonardo DiCaprio? I don’t know. While I always enjoy some boy beef, if Leo and Christian don’t get along, I suspect it’s more of a professional-competition thing. According to Star Mag, Christian was SO MAD that Leo ended up starring in The Revenant. Because Bale was attached to the project at one time, then Leo swooped in and won an Oscar (for Boy Drama in the Woods!!). So is Bale really mad? Mad enough to sign on to a copycat version of The Revenant?

Sources reveal to Star that Christian Bale is so bitter that he lost the leading role in The Revenant – a part that earned Leo DiCaprio an Oscar – that he’s starring in his own frontier flick in an effort to eclipse his nemesis.

“It’s an open Hollywood secret that Christian hates Leo,” says an insider, noting that even Christian’s own publicist admitted Bale sees Leo as his main rival. But Christian’s upcoming movie, ‘Hostiles’, about an Army captain and a Cheyenne Chief in the 1890s, may just push him further down the totem pole.

“It’s a straight-up rip-off of The Revenant,” admits the spy. “Unless Christian can make this role incredibly unique, he’s just going to end up looking like a copycat.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

The bad news is that I really do think it’s possible that Hollywood’s new trend will be male-centered period films with Native Americans and white dudes beefing in the woods. The other bad news is that anyone signing on to those films will probably be called “Leo copycats.” But Gossip Cop says Bale doesn’t hate Leo, nor is Bale making Hostiles to “get back” at DiCaprio. But! Gossip Cop does admit that yes, Bale was attached to The Revenant in 2010. I think if Bale had made The Revenant, it would have been a totally different film and a totally different Oscar season. While Bale probably would have been nominated, he wouldn’t have campaigned for an Oscar the same way Leo did. Anyway, I would prefer to think of Bale and DiCaprio as two bros secretly embroiled in petty dude-beefs. Please let me have that.

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  1. Jenns says:

    I hated The Revenant. Beautiful film to look at, but it was basically Leo crawling his way to an Oscar.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Gorgeous film but I started giggling during the bear attack and was outright laughing during most of the rest. And I wasn’t the only one in the crowded theater who was laughing.

  2. Jag says:

    I refuse to watch The Revenant. I do like Leo as an actor, though. I think he’s a better actor than Christian.

    • Tash says:

      No way! I know it’s just my opinion but Christian is waaaay better actor.

      • SM says:

        Second that. Leo just plays himself and for number of years was so obviosly desparate for an oscahhhh in his roles that it almost pains me.

  3. Sarah_h says:

    Yep, I’m sure Bale is really doing the film to get back at Leo. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that he’s very good friends with the director, Scott Cooper and had a great time on their first collaboration.

    • Tiffany says:

      Your logic makes no sense Sarah. Are you sure you are on the right forum. 😊

      • Sarah_h says:

        I’m of course being sarcastic or was it not obvious enough? Sorry about that.

      • Tiffany says:

        I did. I thought your comment was great. My attempt at being facetious fell flat. *wah wah*

      • Sarah_h says:

        It’s cool. And I just noticed your emoji. (Damn me for turning off the images on my browser to save bandwidth.)

    • lucy2 says:

      Excellent point.
      By the way, do you know who produced Out of the Furnace, the first Cooper/Bale collaboration (and a really good, sad little movie) ? LEONARDO DI CAPRIO! Clearly they hate each other so much, right?

  4. mme says:

    There are both my favorite actors of all time… in no order. And Christian doesn’t seem petty so I don’t buy it. Leo has never shaded anyone or acted less than professional even if it’s not work-related. The only thing anyone can have on Leo is his dating life… he doesn’t seem mean either so this is probably rubbish

  5. lizzie says:

    Christian Bale was already in the most beautiful film on the subject – The New World – and he was beautiful in it. His performance was outstanding. He should rest on his laurels on this subject.

  6. lucy2 says:

    There’s long been rumors of a rivalry between the two, and there may be a little professional competitiveness – they’re about the same age, go out for a lot of the same parts, etc. But each is doing their own thing and plenty successful, so I doubt either sits around stewing over what the other is doing.

  7. Kri says:

    Christian doesn’t need a CGI horned up bear.If he wants an Oscar he just goes to work and performs. He came act circles around Cap’n Catalogue.

  8. saltandpepper says:

    There is no rivalry between them. The only actor who was known to regard Leo as a threat was Ewan McGregor and that was a long time ago. People change, remember? The Beach, remember? Danny Boyle, remember? Leo is very well liked in the industry.

  9. Miss M says:

    Bale>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>di Caprio

  10. Anare says:

    I like Leo but I am always aware that I am watching Leo act. Christian Bale disappears into his roles which makes him the more fascinating actor to watch, in my opinion.