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Face-Off: Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Christian Bale

Nov. 14, 2013by: Indiana Sev
It was an all-superhero Face-Off last week as we had the movies THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER battle one another for the victory. It was a close race but in the end Cap was the victor just edging out the God of Thunder.

Two of my most anticipated movies this fall are AMERICAN HUSTLE and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. With that in mind, I decided to face-off two of the best actors of my generation by featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale in this weeks article.

Mr. Nice Guy
Leo DiCaprio seems like a good egg but he was recently ripped by class act George Clooney for having trash-talking buddies on the basketball court. Leo was also once part of an entourage that was dubbed The Pussy Posse. Still, if this is the worst this cat will get then hes an angel compared to the whirlwind of stupidity other actors dabble in. Cap seems like hes loyal to his girls when hes with them and if hes guilty of being overly cocky on the hardwood, I ask you this....who isnt? Besides, Clooney and his reps recently clarified those comments about Leos big basketball mouth and said it was all in fun and more about b-ball than this kids character and the way he lives his life.

By the by, Clooney and Co. schooled Leo and his loudmouth pals 11-0. Nice!
Christian Bale seems like an overall decent guy but his temper has made the front pages more than once over the years. On the set of TERMINATOR: SALVATION a few years ago, the director of photography made the life-altering error of stepping on set to check the lights during a scene. Bale proceeded to verbally rip out this guys soul and berated him like the man was an infant. In total, he dropped 39 f-bombs and carried on like somebody just died. Needless to say, whether he had reason to get upset or not, Bale went a little too far with his tirade. I almost wet myself from fright listening to his tongue-lashing and I wasnt even the guy Bale was demolishing.

Bale: No, just dont be sorry....think for one fuckin second.

Bales feud with his mother and sister has also made the news over the years and his temper, once again, seems to be a part of that story.

All that being said, it was incredible to see Christian Bale pay a visit to victims seriously injured by the shootings at the midnight screening of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES a couple of years ago. That definitely helped clean up his image a little but he still loses the Mr. Nice Guy category handily to Leo.
Oscars, Oscars, Oscars
Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for an Oscar three times so far in his career for his performances in the films WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE (1993), THE AVIATOR (2004) and BLOOD DIAMOND (2006). He has yet to walk away as a winner.
Surprisingly, Chris Bale has only been nominated once, for the fantastic 2010 movie THE FIGHTER for which he won. I wanted to call this a tie because Leo has been nominated many more times but it doesnt seem fair not to give Christian the win considering he has an Oscar sitting on top of his fireplace and all Leo has so far is Jeremy Irons autograph from THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK days.
Filmography
DiCaprios extremely impressive filmography includes the following films: THIS BOY'S LIFE, TITANIC, GANGS OF NEW YORK, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE AVIATOR, THE DEPARTED, BLOOD DIAMOND, SHUTTER ISLAND, INCEPTION and DJANGO UNCHAINED. Six of these films have been nominated for Best Picture and two of them have won the prize. He has worked with such directors as Spielberg, Scorsese, Allen, Tarantino, Cameron, Eastwood, Zwick, Nolan and Boyle. He knows how to pick great roles in epic films and his momentum doesnt seem like it will stop anytime soon.
Bales CV is nothing to be ashamed of either as it includes: AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE MACHINIST, BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE PRESTIGE, PUBLIC ENEMIES and THE FIGHTER. If Cap is blessed in being Scorseses golden child then Bale is pretty lucky himself to be a favorite of director Terrence Malicks. At the end of the day, Bale has a few more turkeys in his filmography than DiCaprio and a few less great films as well.
Sex Appeal + Looks
This is always a tough category for me because its not like I go around all day rating guys looks and junk. Now that I have secured my masculinity a little bit, I can admit that Leo gets better looking with age and hes got a million dollar smile to boot. Lets face it, if youre part of a Hollywood sex gang that was once called The Pussy Posse, chances are youre easy to look at and the ladies dig you. That being said, this handsome devil has his hands full as hes going up against a gentleman who has played both Patrick Bateman and Bruce Wayne!
Sure, Mr. Bale may blow his top sometimes but there is no denying he is a very good-looking son-of-a-gun. The man has chiseled himself into a Greek God for movies like BATMAN BEGINS and AMERICAN PSYCHO and his English accent goes a long way in making the ladies swoon. Although I personally think Leo is a little bit better looking, I also think that most ladies would give Bale the points for his sex appeal. What does all of this mean? Its a tie.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Although I feared this Face-off would be a close race and would result in a dreaded tie, when breaking it down into separate categories, Leonardo wins this one pretty easily. Hes clearly been a part of better films, he's a nicer guy, a bigger movie star, has got the acting chops and he's a very handsome guy. Bale loses this battle mostly because he can get pissy at times and his filmography is not close to what DiCaprio has accomplished so far.

Ill leave you all with another classic line from the Terminator: Salvation Tapes.

Ohhhhh, goooood for you. And how was it? I hope it was fuckin good, because it's useless now, isn't it?

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8:12AM on 01/19/2014

bale

bale all the way !!
bale all the way !!
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10:03AM on 11/15/2013

Bale all day, every day

I like DiCaprio, I really do, but Bale clearly wins this for me.
I like DiCaprio, I really do, but Bale clearly wins this for me.
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9:03PM on 11/14/2013

Bale

It's not an easy call, both are the 2 of the best actors of their generation. And both are great examples of good child actors who made smart choices and are still doing well. I give the edge to Bale because he seems to have more range. Leo seems to focus mainly on dramatic material, even in action, suspense, or slightly comedic (Django) films. You have to go back to his "Growing Pains" days to see Leo do actual comedy.
It's not an easy call, both are the 2 of the best actors of their generation. And both are great examples of good child actors who made smart choices and are still doing well. I give the edge to Bale because he seems to have more range. Leo seems to focus mainly on dramatic material, even in action, suspense, or slightly comedic (Django) films. You have to go back to his "Growing Pains" days to see Leo do actual comedy.
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7:13PM on 11/14/2013
I don't think it's fair to Bale to make out that his blow-up on set was "crossing a line". When someone screws up a shot doing something stupid, that wastes the time of everyone working on a cohesive project, they deserved to be lit up. Was he pissed? Of Course! But come on people, it's not like he beat him with a Bat.
I don't think it's fair to Bale to make out that his blow-up on set was "crossing a line". When someone screws up a shot doing something stupid, that wastes the time of everyone working on a cohesive project, they deserved to be lit up. Was he pissed? Of Course! But come on people, it's not like he beat him with a Bat.
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5:01PM on 11/14/2013

BALE

I like Leo, but I don't love him. I think he tends to overract, and he's absolutely terrible with accents. I also respect Bale for putting himself out there and doing some very thoughtful things for his fans. To me he's a grouch with a heart of gold.
I like Leo, but I don't love him. I think he tends to overract, and he's absolutely terrible with accents. I also respect Bale for putting himself out there and doing some very thoughtful things for his fans. To me he's a grouch with a heart of gold.
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3:14PM on 11/14/2013

Bale

This should go to Bale hands down. I'm a big fan of both guys but no one transforms themselves physically and disappears into a role like Bale does. There is no other actor like him out there. Total commitment. Plus he's Batman!
This should go to Bale hands down. I'm a big fan of both guys but no one transforms themselves physically and disappears into a role like Bale does. There is no other actor like him out there. Total commitment. Plus he's Batman!
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3:33PM on 11/14/2013
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3:33PM on 11/14/2013
Too bad there is no "delete".
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3:33PM on 11/14/2013
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but no one transforms themselves physically and disappears into a role like Bale does. There is no other actor like him out there. Total commitment.
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but no one transforms themselves physically and disappears into a role like Bale does. There is no other actor like him out there. Total commitment.
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Daniel Day Lewis.
3:33PM on 11/14/2013
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but no one transforms themselves physically and disappears into a role like Bale does. There is no other actor like him out there. Total commitment.
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Daniel Day Lewis.
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but no one transforms themselves physically and disappears into a role like Bale does. There is no other actor like him out there. Total commitment.
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Daniel Day Lewis.
3:32PM on 11/14/2013
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but no one transforms themselves physically and disappears into a role like Bale does. There is no other actor like him out there. Total commitment.
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Daniel Day Lewis.
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but no one transforms themselves physically and disappears into a role like Bale does. There is no other actor like him out there. Total commitment.
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Daniel Day Lewis.
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2:33PM on 11/14/2013
Two great actors.
Two great actors.
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11:49AM on 11/14/2013

Leonardo for the W

Better actor, more likeable guy and has more charisma in spades. I am a Bale fan, have been since Empire of the Sun but man he is night and day sometimes. Solid actor, really a solid actor (with the exception of his Batman voice) but Leonardo has something else about him that sets him apart.
Better actor, more likeable guy and has more charisma in spades. I am a Bale fan, have been since Empire of the Sun but man he is night and day sometimes. Solid actor, really a solid actor (with the exception of his Batman voice) but Leonardo has something else about him that sets him apart.
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11:22AM on 11/14/2013
Christian Bale played Batman.... that alone makes him the winner! XD
Christian Bale played Batman.... that alone makes him the winner! XD
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10:40AM on 11/14/2013

Bale

I didn't enjoy making the call. I love DiCaprio in his own right, but I think Bale is much more versatile, more of a chameleon and less burdened by a sense of greatness the way DiCaprio is. Bale isn't afraid to work with novice directors, or to throw himself into a genre film now and then, whereas DiCaprio is almost *too* selective about his filmography.
I didn't enjoy making the call. I love DiCaprio in his own right, but I think Bale is much more versatile, more of a chameleon and less burdened by a sense of greatness the way DiCaprio is. Bale isn't afraid to work with novice directors, or to throw himself into a genre film now and then, whereas DiCaprio is almost *too* selective about his filmography.
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10:20AM on 11/14/2013

Bale

I don't dislike DiCaprio at all really. He's got the looks, he's smart, and he seems to be a nice guy. But I also think he pales in comparison to Christian Bale when it comes to acting chops. And frankly, that's what counts. Christian Bale can disappear into a role in a way few others would dare. The only roles that DiCaprio has done that for me are What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Blood Diamond (i just about didn't recognize him in that movie). Leo's a good sport about trying to give his all,
I don't dislike DiCaprio at all really. He's got the looks, he's smart, and he seems to be a nice guy. But I also think he pales in comparison to Christian Bale when it comes to acting chops. And frankly, that's what counts. Christian Bale can disappear into a role in a way few others would dare. The only roles that DiCaprio has done that for me are What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Blood Diamond (i just about didn't recognize him in that movie). Leo's a good sport about trying to give his all, but sometimes he looks like he's trying too hard. He's at his best when there's an air of mischief to his role (be it Frank Abignale Jr., Danny Archer, Calvin J. Candie, or Jordan Belfort). Bale can tap into the duality of any character he takes on.
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8:48AM on 11/14/2013

Bale

Batman always wins for me.
Batman always wins for me.
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8:39AM on 11/14/2013

No

Christian Bale is more versatile and, even more importantly, more capable of disappearing in his roles.
Christian Bale is more versatile and, even more importantly, more capable of disappearing in his roles.
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6:05AM on 11/14/2013

It's a tie

They're both phenomenal actors and it's really difficult for me to choose. I think Bale might be more of a cameleon and maybe a bit more talented but DiCaprio is possibly more charismatic playing DiCaprio and he has worked on better projects with better directors. Don't get me wrong, Bale has the better performances and he has played under Chris Nolan, Terrence Malick, David O. Russell, Michael Mann, Yimou Zang and the great Steven Spielberg but DiCaprio has worked with so many legendary
They're both phenomenal actors and it's really difficult for me to choose. I think Bale might be more of a cameleon and maybe a bit more talented but DiCaprio is possibly more charismatic playing DiCaprio and he has worked on better projects with better directors. Don't get me wrong, Bale has the better performances and he has played under Chris Nolan, Terrence Malick, David O. Russell, Michael Mann, Yimou Zang and the great Steven Spielberg but DiCaprio has worked with so many legendary directors: Scorsese, Eastwood, Tarantino, Nolan, Scott, Mendes, Cameron, Boyle, Luhrmann and Raimi. That's an amazing career - not to mention the actors he's worked with.

If I had to choose one, it would be Bale just because I'm a fan of his various performances in American Psycho, Mechanist, Fighter, BB, TDKR, 3:10 to Yuma or Rescue Dawn, and he is a believable action star as well.
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5:16AM on 11/14/2013
I noticed under filmography you forgot Critters 4 and Shaft. Dicaprios and Bales best film respectively.
I noticed under filmography you forgot Critters 4 and Shaft. Dicaprios and Bales best film respectively.
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5:12AM on 11/14/2013
Love them both like crazy. I'm an aspiring actor and I watch both of these guys' performances on DVD religiously. I would go with Dicaprio here
Love them both like crazy. I'm an aspiring actor and I watch both of these guys' performances on DVD religiously. I would go with Dicaprio here
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5:06AM on 11/14/2013
Whew ...thanks. Also your missing some good Leo films, and the prestige, public enemies, and even the fighter don't really compare to Leo's movies as films, with the first two being over-rated, and then pretty terrible. And he has a lot more poor films I'm general (and though not his fault) just shows his career can't really compare - the terminator movie and 3:10 to Yuma. Leo made the best film (so far) with this guys director, and say what u want ab his Bats trilogy - over-rated FOR SURE,
Whew ...thanks. Also your missing some good Leo films, and the prestige, public enemies, and even the fighter don't really compare to Leo's movies as films, with the first two being over-rated, and then pretty terrible. And he has a lot more poor films I'm general (and though not his fault) just shows his career can't really compare - the terminator movie and 3:10 to Yuma. Leo made the best film (so far) with this guys director, and say what u want ab his Bats trilogy - over-rated FOR SURE, but still good - those films probably limited him to being half the actor Leo is bc of the time commitment.
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4:48AM on 11/14/2013

Leonardo DiCaprio

I love both actors and their films, and they're both brilliant and two of the best actors working today, but I have to give this one to Leonardo DiCaprio.
I love both actors and their films, and they're both brilliant and two of the best actors working today, but I have to give this one to Leonardo DiCaprio.
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4:34AM on 11/14/2013

Bale

Am i the only one who enjoyed Harsh Times??!?
Am i the only one who enjoyed Harsh Times??!?
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4:49AM on 11/14/2013
That movie is great. I love the scene when he flips out in the car.
That movie is great. I love the scene when he flips out in the car.
4:13AM on 11/14/2013
I'll think I'll give it to Bale. The projects he chooses are more varied, riskier and on the whole more interesting than Leonardo DiCaprio's, and while DiCaprio was able to break out of the teen idol mold to get himself taken seriously as an actor, Bale does have more chops.
I'll think I'll give it to Bale. The projects he chooses are more varied, riskier and on the whole more interesting than Leonardo DiCaprio's, and while DiCaprio was able to break out of the teen idol mold to get himself taken seriously as an actor, Bale does have more chops.
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3:38AM on 11/14/2013

Batman Wins. Every Time.

People give Bale too much heat for that Terminator tirade. Let's remember that he was on a McG set which is a clusterf*ck as it is, had to work with the tree bark known as Sam Worthington (some charisma powerhouse that guy is), and also probably had to put up with incompetent lighting people just waltzing on set during a scene. Try playing a character with a straight face in front of dozens of people who are watching your every pore expand only to have some doofus barge in while you're at work
People give Bale too much heat for that Terminator tirade. Let's remember that he was on a McG set which is a clusterf*ck as it is, had to work with the tree bark known as Sam Worthington (some charisma powerhouse that guy is), and also probably had to put up with incompetent lighting people just waltzing on set during a scene. Try playing a character with a straight face in front of dozens of people who are watching your every pore expand only to have some doofus barge in while you're at work and see how frickin' awkward it makes you feel. Not to mention it's plain disrespectful.
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6:31AM on 11/14/2013
Also, this was the second or third time the DoP had pulled this stunt. If you listen carefully to the rant, you'll hear Bale had asked him not to step onset during a scene twice before and the guy had kept doing it. If somebody kept doing something I asked him not to do, I think I'd eventually lose my shit too.
Also, this was the second or third time the DoP had pulled this stunt. If you listen carefully to the rant, you'll hear Bale had asked him not to step onset during a scene twice before and the guy had kept doing it. If somebody kept doing something I asked him not to do, I think I'd eventually lose my shit too.
4:40AM on 11/14/2013
I've been saying that for a long time but you my friend, has said it better.
I've been saying that for a long time but you my friend, has said it better.
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3:28AM on 11/14/2013

Bale by far.

The man puts 110% into every performance of his and just completely disappears into the role. DiCaprio is a solid actor, but I never forget I'm watching DiCaprio.
The man puts 110% into every performance of his and just completely disappears into the role. DiCaprio is a solid actor, but I never forget I'm watching DiCaprio.
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3:12AM on 11/14/2013

Bale is Best.

Christian Bale for me, one of the best actors of this generation, when you watch one of his films, you know that he has poured everything into that role, The Machinist, The Fighter and best of all American Psycho. Really looking forward to American Hustle, just wish they kept the original title.
Christian Bale for me, one of the best actors of this generation, when you watch one of his films, you know that he has poured everything into that role, The Machinist, The Fighter and best of all American Psycho. Really looking forward to American Hustle, just wish they kept the original title.
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2:51AM on 11/14/2013
Gotta agree with DareDevil. I think DiCaprio is a fantastic actor (one of my favorites) but I also have to give it to Bale in that he absolutely IS every single one of his characters. I could never have imagined Leo taking on a character like Trevor in the Machinist, in fact, the only characters I can really remember him completely disappearing into was in the Departed. This may be due to the fact that Leo hit stardom far earlier in his career than Bale, but it also seems that hes pigeonholed
Gotta agree with DareDevil. I think DiCaprio is a fantastic actor (one of my favorites) but I also have to give it to Bale in that he absolutely IS every single one of his characters. I could never have imagined Leo taking on a character like Trevor in the Machinist, in fact, the only characters I can really remember him completely disappearing into was in the Departed. This may be due to the fact that Leo hit stardom far earlier in his career than Bale, but it also seems that hes pigeonholed himself into roles trying to break out of the Titanic typecasting.. I just think that Bale has become the better actor because hes been able to experiment with far more types of roles than Leo.
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2:38AM on 11/14/2013
Christian Bale for me. His physical challenge to lose large amount of weight (The Machinist) and gain them back (Batman Begins) is daring and challenging. His acting skill is second to none. Bale for me.
Christian Bale for me. His physical challenge to lose large amount of weight (The Machinist) and gain them back (Batman Begins) is daring and challenging. His acting skill is second to none. Bale for me.
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1:50AM on 11/14/2013
Strange you say Bale is equally lucky because of his relationship with Mallik but yet you did not list a single one of their films as examples of their best movies?
Do you think Terrance Mallik is as good of a director as Martin Scorsese?
Is one win for A SUPPORTING ACTOR equal to 3 nominations, 2 in the same year for male best actor? He was nominated twice the year he was nominated for Blood Diamond.
Who has more better films, it's to close to call.
Who do I like more? Leo for
Strange you say Bale is equally lucky because of his relationship with Mallik but yet you did not list a single one of their films as examples of their best movies?
Do you think Terrance Mallik is as good of a director as Martin Scorsese?
Is one win for A SUPPORTING ACTOR equal to 3 nominations, 2 in the same year for male best actor? He was nominated twice the year he was nominated for Blood Diamond.
Who has more better films, it's to close to call.
Who do I like more? Leo for sure.
Who's the better actor? Christian Bale. No question. Christian Bale becomes characters. I can't think of a generic Bale typecast performance. I can count the movies on one hand that didn't seem like Leo playing Leo.
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1:43AM on 11/14/2013

Leo

Like 'em both but i like Leo more.his transformation from Jack Dawson to Calvin Candie is awesome
Like 'em both but i like Leo more.his transformation from Jack Dawson to Calvin Candie is awesome
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1:38AM on 11/14/2013
Both are supremely talented and have been in a lot of great films. I agree that Bale has dedication surpassed by few. Sometimes I feel DiCaprio is a bit Tom Cruise-ish, as in, I kinda feel like he's just playing himself with different accents or whatever in each movie. Not that I think that's a bad thing or even entirely correct
Both are supremely talented and have been in a lot of great films. I agree that Bale has dedication surpassed by few. Sometimes I feel DiCaprio is a bit Tom Cruise-ish, as in, I kinda feel like he's just playing himself with different accents or whatever in each movie. Not that I think that's a bad thing or even entirely correct
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12:54AM on 11/14/2013
I'm sorry but Batman kicks Jack Dawsons ass any day.
I'm sorry but Batman kicks Jack Dawsons ass any day.
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12:45AM on 11/14/2013
DiCaprio!

"I am killing you..."
DiCaprio!

"I am killing you..."
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12:41AM on 11/14/2013
A really great Face Off, I think Leo is definitely in the top of actors today, and does deserve an oscar. But Bale's dedication has set the bar for actors. Plus Bale played one of my favorite characters Bateman, which is funny because Dicaprio was the original choice before
A really great Face Off, I think Leo is definitely in the top of actors today, and does deserve an oscar. But Bale's dedication has set the bar for actors. Plus Bale played one of my favorite characters Bateman, which is funny because Dicaprio was the original choice before
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12:37AM on 11/14/2013

So Gay

That is all.
That is all.
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12:18AM on 11/14/2013

o:

Christian Bale is the winner for me. Just seeing what he did for the Machinist seals the deal for me.
Christian Bale is the winner for me. Just seeing what he did for the Machinist seals the deal for me.
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2:39AM on 11/14/2013
Same here, man.
Same here, man.
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