Christian Bale defended ‘American Hustle’ co-star Amy Adams
Christian Bale has shared his version of the drama “American Hustle” between Amy Adams and director David O. Russell, nine years after the Oscar-winning film premiered.
In GQ November cover story published Wednesdaythe Oscar-winning actor recalled trying to keep the peace during his time on the set of “American Hustle,” where Adams said she ran into director Russell.
“If I can figure out where it’s coming from, then I tend to try to be a mediator,” the Batman actor said. “It’s just in my nature, to try to say, ‘Hey, come on, let’s go and sit down and figure this out. There must be a way to make this all work.
Six years ago, Adams says British GQ that the Oscar-nominated “Silver Linings Playbook” director brought him to tears during his stint on “American Hustle.” In addition to her conflict with Russell, Adams said she learned through an email hack at Sony that she was paid less than her male co-stars, including Bale.
“I was really devastated on set,” Adams told British GQ.
The Sony hack also revealed that Bale told the director to “stop acting like a—” while filming “American Hustle.” On Wednesday, he not only confirmed he had intervened on Adams’ behalf, but said it was inevitable “there will be some upheaval”, given the “crazy creative talent” of Adams and Russell.
Adams, however, wasn’t the only star to speak out against Russell and his toxic behavior on set. George Clooney alleged in 2000 that Russell yelled at and humiliated some people on his “Three Kings” set, including a camera driver and script supervisor.
Then in 2004, a video of the set of “I Heart Huckabees” showed Russell arguing with star Lily Tomlin, who complained of a “barrage of changes”, and kicking while shouting profanities at Tomlin. In 2015, TMZ reported that Russell and Jennifer Lawrence engaged in lively conversation on the set of “Joy”.
Bale told GQ that his stint as a “mediator” on “American Hustle” won’t alter his outlook on the film.
“They’re f— phenomenal,” he said of the director and his former co-star. “Plus, you have to remember that was the nature of the character as well. Right? These characters weren’t people who backed down from anything, were they?
When asked how he felt about acting on “American Hustle,” Bale said, “I did what I thought was appropriate, very Irv style,” referring to his “American Hustle” character, Irving Rosenfeld, based on con artist Melvin Weinberg. .
Attention around Russell’s behavior has resurfaced with the release of his latest film, ‘Amsterdam’, which Bale stars in. The cast also includes Margot Robbie, John David Washington and Taylor Swift.