Talking about his new character in the drama film "Strength and Honour", the star of "The Reservoir Dogs" Michael Madsen revealed that he was forced to beg for the role because he didn't want to be knocked out by Hollywood actors, Orlando Bloom and Christian Bale.
According to press release, the 49-year-old actor originally joined the cast as the knocked out bare-knuckle fighter at the end of the film. However, when he knew that the people behind the film considering Bloom and Bale to be the lead, he refused the role and asked for the center character.
"There are two fighters in the movie...In the beginning they offered me the role of the knuckle fighter," said the man known for his tough guy persona in films "I said, 'I don't want to play that guy,' and they said, 'We're gonna get Orlando Bloom to play Sean.' I said, 'I'm gonna be knocked out by Orlando Bloom? If I do that then it'll be over for me. I won't be able to play any bad guys after that! You guys must be crazy.'"
Further, he continued, "Then they were gonna get Christian Bale. I kept saying, 'Please let me play Sean, the other guy,' but the money guys wouldn't let me do it.'" The "Sin City" actor confessed that he later knew that he had nailed the part after the film's helmer Mark Mahon personally called him. He said, "I finally got the call from the director, Mark Mahon, and they were gonna let me play Sean."