Christian Bale said that he and his “Amsterdam” co-star John David Washington were told to “shut up” on set because their singing drowned out Taylor Swift’s vocals.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Brian Davids, published Friday, the actor discussed working on the upcoming film with Swift and Washington. 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 claimed that while practicing a song with Swift for the movie, he and Washington frequently forgot the words or sang the wrong notes. They didn’t notice their “rough” voices drowned out hers until director David O. Russell instructed them to stop.
“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?'”
On September 19, Margot Robbie also shared a fun behind the scene fact about the making of the movie 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.
Taking place in the 1930s, Amsterdam follows a trio of friends played by Bale, Washington and Margot Robbie who unwittingly become suspects in an intricate murder plot before discovering an outrageous secret that could shake America to its core.
Amsterdam” opens in theaters on October 7.