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Bale admits to bad 'Three Kings' audition

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Christian Bale has revealed that he had a bad experience auditioning for a role in The Fighter director David O. Russell's earlier movie Three Kings.

Speaking on Charlie Rose, Bale admitted that his first meeting with Russell about playing Dicky Eklund in The Fighter was more successful than his try-out for the part of Conrad Vig in the 1999 Iraq war drama.

"It was nothing like the first meeting that David and I ever had," Bale said when asked about his relationship with the director. "I won’t go into it, but I auditioned for Three Kings and it didn’t go very well for me!"

Discussing his meeting with Bale for Three Kings, Russell said: "I had already cast my friend Spike Jonze, so I was probably doing it as a favour to the studio."

"Good on you for just throwing that away!" he added to the Batman actor.

Bale explained that Russell was able to bring a lightness of touch to the biopic of boxer Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his troubled brother Eklund.

"There was this great earnestness to [the story], but when you meet Mickey and Dicky there's a silliness and vibrancy and Dicky's like Tigger, he's buoyant and light-hearted," Bale explained. "He loves people and he wants to chat and hug, and David seemed to me to get that."

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