For years, we've heard buzz of professional rivalry between Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio. Recall that Bale nearly lost American Psycho to DiCaprio, until the Titanic star passed on playing serial killer Patrick Bateman. More recent gossip had Leo up for Bale's leading part in this year's sci-fi thriller Equilibrium. Are these actors at war?
"To be honest, it's pushing it a little bit to say we're in competition for roles," Bale chuckles to TV Guide Online. "I have to accept the fact that [DiCaprio] has a vast choice compared to me. Absolutely, he does. I have no 'competition' with him on that level whatsoever. "He was interested in American Psycho," Bale acknowledges. "Well, you know what? He's a smart guy. He should be; it's a great script. But that's where it ends. I've met him a couple of times — we got on just fine. We almost worked together! I would love to say that we're in competition constantly, but I think he's a little bit more in demand."