Bale and Adams Do The Hustle
U.S. Release Date: 12/20/13
Mel Weinberg, a con man, worked alongside the Feds to create a phoney company geared towards offering bribes to officials in return for political favours.
Weinberg ultimately became a star witness in cases against one US Senator and six members of the US House of Representatives, who were convicted of all charges.
A fictionalised version of these events unfolds in director David O’ Russell’s American Hustle, starring Christian Bale as small time hustler Irving Rosenfeld, and Amy Adams as his girlfriend Sydney Prosser.
After being busted in a con, they’re forced to work for FBI agent Richard DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) in setting up a sting to catch corrupt government officials. Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), a politician working with a shady investor to bring a new economy to Atlantic City, is at the top of the list.
“These are movies about people whose lives have not gone the way they wanted or intended,” Russell, helmer of The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, explains. “There remains something deeply loveable about them, but they’re also heartbreaking. They spend the entire film, not just the third act, reckoning with who they are and how they are going to find their way to love life again.”
Adams says she has never met a character more charming than Bale’s portrayal of Rosenfeld. The actress says she can easily understand how Sydney becomes embroiled in his world.
“Sydney thinks she’s embarking on the greatest love of her life – she doesn’t think she’s a con artist. Sydney begins as a person who doesn’t like who she is, and she creates a world for herself onto which she can project her fantasies of who she wants to be.”
Jennifer Lawrence, most recently seen in Hunger Games: Catching Fire, plays Rosalyn, Irving’s estranged and unstable wife.
“Rosalyn is manic – very up or very down,” Lawrence says. “She is so afraid of being alone that she’d rather be unhappily married. It seems like there’s a simple solution to her problems – she should get a divorce – but she can’t let herself do that. That’s where her desperation comes from.”
As for Carmine Polito, who, with the right investor, wants to pump new money into a working class neighbourhood of Atlantic City, Renner says:
“He loves his job, he’s principled, he’s a family man, a great communicator – just a no-nonsense politician and human being with a Liberace-meets-Tony Curtis hairdo.”
Polito and the remaining characters, according to Cooper, become richer and more meaningful as a result of Russell’s direction.
“It’s intense, because you’re so vulnerable as an actor, but it’s when you’re most vulnerable that the truth comes out. The more you know David’s process and are familiar with it, the easier it is to dive right in – and you’re diving in to a family.”
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: David O’ Russell
Stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Michael Peña, and Alessandro Nivola.
Screenwriters: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell.
Producers: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon.
Executive Producers: Matthew Budman, Bradley Cooper, Eric Warren Singer, and George Parra.
Source: Columbia Pictures Press Kit
Image Info: L to R Christain Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle.” © 2013 Annapurna Productions LLC All Rights Reserved.