Christian Bale said his “rough” singing voice drowned out Taylor Swift on the set of “Amsterdam.”
The actor told The Hollywood Reporter that the film’s director asked the costars to “shut up.”
Bale also said he kept his work with Swift a secret from his family.
Christian Bale said he and his “Amsterdam” costar John David Washington were told to “shut up” on set because their singing drowned out Taylor Swift’s voice.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Brian Davids published Friday, the actor opened up about working with Swift and Washington on the set of the new movie. The film’s star-studded cast also features Margot Robbie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Robert De Niro, Chris Rock, Mike Meyers, Rami Malek, and Zoe Saldana.
Bale said he and Washington practiced a song they were supposed to sing with Swift, but would often forget the lyrics or sing the wrong notes. It was only after director David O. Russell told them to pipe down before they realized their “rough” voices overwhelmed hers.
“All of a sudden, David just goes, ‘How about Christian and J.D. just shut up for this one and let Taylor do it?’ And it was like we had been drowning out an angel’s voice all day long with our cacophony and our rough, terrible voices,” he said. “So it’s really something when you have someone with as beautiful a voice as hers, singing right next to you.”
Bale also told THR that he kept his time with Swift a secret from everyone — including his family — until after the scene was shot.
“I went to my daughter and said, ‘You know who I sang with today? Taylor Swift.’ And she was like, ‘Wait, what? Why would you be doing that?'”
The actor seemed to have a lot of laughs while starring in the mystery comedy. He told IndieWire’s Christian Zilko in an interview published Monday that he stopped talking to Rock during filming because the comedian made him laugh too much.
The making of the film wasn’t all fun and games. On September 19, Robbie shared with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” that police officers shut down production after Russell refused to stop filming.
“You get a permit to shoot somewhere. We were in Pasadena and the time was up. We were meant to clear out, but we wouldn’t,” she said.
“Amsterdam” opens in theaters on October 7.
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