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Bale auditioned for Three Kings

Christian Bale has revealed that he auditioned for Three Kings, but failed to get the part.

The Batman star, who is up for best supporting actor for his portrayal of boxer Dicky Eklund in David O Russell's The Fighter, previously met the director during the casting process for 1999's Three Kings.

"It was nothing like the first meeting that David and I ever had - well, I won't go into it, but I auditioned for Three Kings and it didn't go very well for me," he told US presenter Charlie Rose.

"But then we got together [for The Fighter] and it was clear this was the right crowd," he added.

Christian didn't go into details about which role in the Iraq war film he went for, which starred George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze.

But David said: "I had already cast my friend Spike Jonze, so I was probably doing the [audition] as a favour to the studio," to which Christian quipped: "You were just treading water!"

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