Christian Bale Talks AMERICAN HUSTLE, Collaborating with David O. Russell, the Character’s Weight and Comb Over, and His Preferred Acting Process

     December 11, 2013


Opening this weekend in limited release and expanding nationwide December 20th is director David O. Russell’s comedic drama American Hustle.  The story is based on the Abscam sting operation that uncovered widespread political corruption in the late 1970s, and Russell’s fantastic ensemble cast is led by Christian BaleAmy AdamsBradley CooperJennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner.  The film has already won its first Best Picture critics’ award and this morning the Screen Actors Guild gave it a few nominations including Ensemble In A Motion Picture and Female Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture (for Jennifer Lawrence).  While the holidays are filled with a lot of choices, American Hustle should definitely be on your list.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

A few days ago in New York City I landed an exclusive video interview with Bale.  He talked about how David O. Russell offered him the role, the way the script changed,  whose idea it was for him to put on the weight and have a comb over, his preferred acting process, his thoughts on doing a lot of takes, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Christian Bale:

  • Since I just spoke to him for Out of the Furnace a week ago…I ask how the last week has been.  He talks about parting the Red Sea in Ridley Scott’s Exodus.
  • When David O. Russell calls him about a project is it an immediate yes?  Talks about how he auditioned for Three Kings and Russell refused to talk to him.
  • Talks about how he got involved in American Hustle and how O. Russell did a page one rewrite.
  • Whose idea was it to put on the weight?  Also talks about the comb over.
  • Talks about the way he likes to work on set and how many takes he likes to do.
  • His thoughts on doing 50 takes like the way David Fincher likes to work.


  • Jay

    Christian Bale actually would have been really good in Three Kings (although Marky Mark did a great job)

    • Jay

      oh I guess he was actually up for Spike Jonze’s role… that would have been different

      • carrie

        You’re right it was for Jonze’s character
        Bale and DOR yet talked about his audition during The Fighter’s promotion ( i think during Charlie Rose interview)

  • $29319547

    Bale’s such a hack. “WHERE’S THE TRIGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” lulz ;)

    • Anon


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      • $29319547

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      • The Flobbit

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      • $29319547

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      • $29319547

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  • Lance

    Love the faux wood panel record player behind Bale in that photo! Now where’s the Atari 2600? ;-)

  • Bo

    Its funny he mentions David Fincher. I would love to see Bale/Fincher make something together! I also want to see Bale work with Aronofsky. Its a shame that he had to pass on Noah that would have been spectacular

  • tarek

    I would love to see Christian work again with Spielberg.
    The circle is now complete!

    • $29319547

      Spielberg sucks balls these days. War Horse anyone? Lincoln anyone? Fucking Tin Tin anyone?

      • tarek

        I agree that Spielberg has lost somehow the sacred fire he had in him a long time ago, far far away. I hated War horse. Lincoln was so boring that I couldn’t finish the 1/3 of it, even though I was stuck in a plane for 8 hours. And I don’t even talk about the horrendous Crystal skull.
        But who knows… Maybe one day he will surprise us again,

  • j

    Is he not just the coolest dude?

  • Doug_101

    Good interview. The film is fantastic too. Definitely a must-see.

  • Santino Corleone

    I like when interviewers let actors talk and give us an inside on their crafts.

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  • Jim

    His accent is constantly changing throughout this interview. He has no set accent anymore

  • Jim

    His accent is constantly changing throughout this interview. He has no set accent anymore

  • patrick C

    You’re supposed to leave a gap in the audio for the editor to end the video.

    Bloggers. Sigh.

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