Oscar Buzz Surrounds Bradley Cooper and 'American Hustle'

The actor talks about working with "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell again.
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Oscar nominated director david o. Russell has done it again pulling together the people from the fighter and silver linings playbook all for "american hustle." It's a cast generating the big heat and rightfully so. It's a phenomenal movie. To that end, bradley cooper plays an fbi agent who kons to con artists into working for him. He's good enough to be here. Thank you for having me. Part of the sting of the 1970s. What are people going to be seeing here? That is the backdrop. What the story rekofls around. It's about the characters. Why david wanted to make the movie, to investigate the soulful, complicated, you know, not black or white characters but gray and who have a lot of heart and are trying to reinvent themselves. A lot of blur lired lines here. Who is conning, who the being conned? I don't like that you're in jail while he's going free. I don't like any of that. I want to help you. All the razzle-dazzle that that he does is not real. It's fake. Who you are is who you are. You and god. You and your soul. That's what I see in you. Tell me you didn't feel it the first time we saw each other. Am I crazy? I don't think so. I'm not supposed to be talking like this. I don't care. I'll break the rules. I want to help you. I like you. I like you. I like you. So good. So good. Here's what I like about it. Without context, you might be thinking you're watching the bad guy there. You're watching the good guy there. David was here. David o. Russell, the director. He said how much fun he had watching you and your cast mates disappear into these very gray characters. What was richie like for you? I miss him. It was so true. We were doing a q and a a few weeks ago. They're all unrecognizable. Richie is an adolescent child. He's if way over his head. He always wants to be around the cool ki this heavy-set guy played by christian bale. Amy said the most charming character she's run up against, even with the combover. It's the sexiest christian bale has ever been. A lot of trust here with david and the stable of actors. What is it like for you, personally, again, you get the team back together again after all the success of "silver linings playbook." Great to work with him again? It is. Everybody signed on without him having written the script jet. He pitched it all to every actor. For me personally, I feel like i w have been working with him for three years straight. We were in proes production of "silver linings playbook" when we were prepping american hustle. You mentioned working on a david o. Russell film. You said it would scary or could be? There's no net. Whatever you had prepared for at the day, be ready to throw it out the window. Whatever is going to happen will be fresh and new. He's rewriting while the camera is rolling. It's the most communal experience I have ever had. Everybody is right there together. And I like the collaboration and -- as evidenced, you and he sat down to talk about something that I hadn't seen seasons my mother called me home in the third grade, I think back in 1980. The hair. And you -- I love about it is that you guys decided it wouldn't just be how his hair was that richie decided, your character was making the decision to have -- to curl his hair. Yeah. What was it like? In this day and age, we see shots of the movie being filmed. The first thing we saw was -- coming out of the trailer with the curlers on. This time, I was in for three hours every day. Sitting under those old heat lamp things. Half of my head being singed. Gender revenge here. Jen and amy were like, gone. It took awhile for me, jeremy, and christian. Fantastic film. They're like fabian, who is fabian? Google. Congratulations. Best of luck. Terrific movie. Go see it. It's "american hustle." Nationwide next friday, december 20th. Time f

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