Thursday, April 25, 2024

Christian Bale Leaves Michael Mann’s Ferrari Movie– I Said So Last Week and No One Believed Me


Last week in an Uncasting story I reported that Christian Bale was going to leave Michael Mann’s “Ferrari” movie. The minute I published it, two publicists whom I trust called to say I was crazy and this was not happening. “Please change it, it’s not true,” they said. In a collegial moment, I acquiesced. You can still see the mess I made changing it remotely.

At the Golden Globes, I asked Christian Bale if he was making the Ferrari movie. “Absolutely!” he said. No question about it. He looked at me like I was crazy.

This afternoon, the official announcement– Bale is not playing Enzo Ferrari. LOL. Well, I tried. It’s hard to be a saint in the city, kids. Lynda Obst gave her memoir about Hollywood the best title ever– “Hello, He Lied.” So freakin’ true.

I should have stuck to my guns. I have an idea who will play Ferrari. I’ll let you know if it materializes. At this point you can call me race-ist.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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