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.”
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I'm pretty excited for this movie. I still can't see JLaw as a mother though.