Last night at the AFI Fest tribute to David O. Russell, the director screened the first six minutes of the hotly anticipated ‘American Hustle,’ which stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as con artists working for federal agent Bradley Cooper. Russell noted that ‘American Hustle’ is in the style he discovered with 2010′s ‘The Fighter’ and developed in 2012′s ’Silver Linings Playbook’ - a character-based piece rooted in a real story. “The Fighter was a great revelation to me, about these people, the way they talk, their behavior, their emotion, their romance, their heartbreak,” Russell said. “In Silver Linings, I took the true story and put my own life into it. In American Hustle, I took some of the true story and made it personal and fictional, so it became a movie.”
Asked what that means, David O. Russell replied, “It means that I want to focus on the characters more than an event. In American Hustle, there was an event in the ’70s where a Bronx-born con artist and his partner in crime — that’s Christian Bale and Amy Adams, a woman from England, or supposed to be from England – were forced to work for the Federal government, and they taught the government how to con, and how to create a theater to draw other people in, based on what their hopes were. And this was during a recession. So I wanted to make it about those people and their love affair, these two characters, and Christian’s wife, really — that’s Jennifer — a very, as she describes her, ‘a Picasso of a passive-aggressive[ness]. Jennifer was very excited about playing someone wildly different from who she’s ever played, a real housewife of Long Island.”
“Everybody is playing against type,” said David O. Russell. “Jeremy Renner, who’s very guarded typically, play[s] a big, open-hearted Italian mayor of a New Jersey community, who wants to do anything for his community. There’s a real romance between him and Christian Bale as well. And Louis CK – I’m probably answering too many questions….!”
‘American Hustle’ opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 13th before going wide on December 18th in the US. Written by Eric Singer and David O. Russell, and starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Alessandro Nivola, Louis CK, Michael Pena, Jack Huston, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, the drama is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Christian Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Amy Adams), who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Bradley Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Jeremy Renner) who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden. ‘American Hustle’ is set for December 20th in the UK.
The official synopsis for ‘American Hustle’ is as follows: A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the States, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
I'm pretty excited for this movie. I still can't see JLaw as a mother though.