Christian Bale's wife pushed American Hustle role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 November 2013
Christian Bale shoots American Hustle

Christian Bale shoots American Hustle

Christian Bale's wife Sibi Blazic urged director David O'Russell to keep pursuing him to star in 'American Hustle' as the actor was reluctant about taking the role

Christian Bale's wife is responsible for his role in 'American Hustle'.

'The Dark Knight' star admits that as a perfectionist he worried he wouldn't have enough time to prepare for his role in the '70s crime drama, as well as a role in Terrence Malick's 'Knight of Cups', but his spouse Sibi Blazic urged Malick and 'Hustle' director David O'Russell to keep pestering him to commit to the films.

Bale revealed: "With 'Hustle', I needed a lot of time to prepare and just didn't think I could do it properly. And I would come home to post-it notes on my door from David saying, 'Come on, let's do this!'

"Without telling me, my wife called them both and said, 'Yeah, he can do it.'

"Look, I'm always trying to back out because I'm always convinced I won't be able to do it. But thank God I did."

O'Russell, who previously helped Bale win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor after directing him 'The Fighter', is certainly pleased the actor relented and took a role in the film.

He told Variety: "Christian underwent a deep soul transformation for this part. It's in his eyes, how he becomes this person."

'American Hustle' also features Bale's 'Fighter' co-star Amy Adams, as well as Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, who previously starred in 'Silver Linings Playbook', which was also helmed by O'Russell.

American Hustle

  • 5 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 2h 18min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David O. Russell
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence
  • UK release: 1 January 2014

The Fighter director Russell reteams with Bale for this drama about a con artist forced to work with a federal agent. In this sexy, rollicking crime caper loosely based on a true story, the male actors great but the women sublime: Adams is its heart and soul but Lawrence, as Bale's wife, is a hoot.

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