Casey Affleck: Christian Bale makes co-stars 'better'

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When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.
December 3rd, 2013

Christian Bale makes his co-stars ''better'' actors, according to Casey Affleck.

The 'Out of the Furnace' stars enjoyed working together on their new movie and Affleck claims his on-screen brother raised the level of talent on set with his gripping performance.

He explained: ''It's awkward to say because he's sitting right there, but I think he just makes everyone better around him and is an anchor of reality. If someone's in a scene with you and they're listening to what you say and they're looking at you in that way, then you're having a real conversation and there are real feelings and relationships.

''On the very first day or two, we were doing those scenes [in a prison] and Christian was very patient. I did and said some things that just immediately made me trust him and then it just went smoothly from there.''

Meanwhile, Bale has revealed he insisted on Affleck - younger brother of actor-and-director Ben Affleck - being cast in the project and even threatened to quit if he wasn't.

He told Collider.com: ''I'd been saying, 'We want Casey for the role.' There were a lot of conversations about that and [director] Scott [Cooper] and I just kept saying it, and eventually we were saying, 'We're not doing it without Casey.' ''