Some of those random skills have stuck with them though. Like the amateur race car driving skills they learned for their new film Ford v Ferrari, which are occasionally applicable to driving in Los Angeles, horseback riding, poker and more.
“I do think the driving skill is very practical,” Bale, 45, admits. “I do feel confident, I feel like justifiably, we’ve learned how to put a car through its absolute extremes and paces. It’s not just the speed, but also just testing brakes and really pushing that, and so I do feel good about that.”
“Fake fighting?” offers Damon, 49.
“I’ll win any fight as long as I could just miss you by an inch. Right?” says Bale.
“Yeah, as long as you agree to react to my punches. You can’t just swing at me,” adds Damon.
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Bale also reveals that he can be a bit showy with a rope.
“I can do a bit of trick roping,” he says. “It’s not in use every day, but I can do it a little bit. I learned that a while back. Horseback riding too, with that I could jump on [the horse] backward and whatnot.”
Damon adds: “You know what I learned from movie a long time ago, which I’m happy that I did? I had never played golf, and I learned how to play golf and for the last 20 years of my dad’s life we’d always play a round of golf, just me and him walking around together. That turned into something that was really good. And maybe someday I’ll do that with my kids too, but I haven’t played since he passed away. Also Poker I learned from a movie and I still play. That was fun.”
Both actors lament the fact that they can’t remember more of their former expertise. “It takes me a long time to learn anything and I forget it incredibly quickly,” says Bale.
“Isn’t that frustrating?” says Damon as Bale adds, “I wish it was the other way around.”
Ford v Ferrari is now playing in theaters.