When Bale and John David Washington struggled with a song, David O. Russell told them to “just shut up and let Taylor do it.”
October is shaping up to be a massive month for swifties. Taylor Swift’s tenth studio album, Midnights, is out October 21, and the songwriter returns to the big screen with a supporting role in David O. Russell’s Amsterdam. She’s part of a star-studded cast that includes Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Rami Malek, Robert De Niro and Chris Rock to name a few.
Swift’s musical talent is evident in a memorable scene in which she sings with Christian Bale, an experience that clearly impressed the “American Hustle” star. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bale opened up about his excitement at singing with Swift and his family’s reaction to the news.
“It was a really nice surprise and I didn’t tell anyone until afterward,” Bale said. “I went to my daughter and said, ‘Do you know who I sang with today? Taylor Swift.” And she said, “Wait, what? Why would she Do you do that?”
Bale did this because his Amsterdam character Burt Berendsen has a lifelong passion for music and loves to sing a cappella with his army friends Harold Woodman (John David Washington) and Valerie Voze (Margot Robbie).
“It was actually a very funny scene because JD and I practiced that song a bit,” Bale said. “David made us sing all day, but then there were moments when I forgot the lyrics. So I looked at JD, he looked at me and then he forgot too. So I would have to tell him. And then we went flat. Our pitch was everywhere, but we thought, ‘Yeah, but the feeling is right!’”
Eventually the director intervened and decided that the only person in the scene who was actually a professional musician should sing.
“And then David suddenly says, ‘How about Christian and JD just shut up and let Taylor do it?'” Balle said. “And it was like we’d been drowning out an angel’s voice all day with our cacophony and our hoarse, horrible voices. So it’s really special when you have someone with a voice as beautiful as hers singing right next to you. Oh man, that was phenomenal.”
Amsterdam opens in cinemas on Friday 7th October.
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