Christian Bale's Wife Talked Him into 'American Hustle'

The actor says spouse often convinces him to take roles he's talked himself out of.
3:00 | 12/24/13

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"American hustle" is one of the must-see movies of the year. It's generating all kinds of oscar buzz. It's packed with oscar winners like jennifer lawrence and star, christian bale. He sat down with josh to talk about it. It is fair to say oscar winner christian bale is having a good month. He has not one, but two oscar buzz-worthy films. "Out of the furnace" and "american hustle," his second go around with "the fighter" director, david o. Russell. It just opened this week. It means more christian bale to love, figuratively and literally. Take a look. I feel like we have a secret, just the two of us. You know, like that thing when you just want to be with one person all the time? You feel like the two of you understand something that nobody else can. I could just tell her everything about myself. I never had anybody like that in my life before. And I felt like finally, I could truly be myself, without being ashamed. Without being embarrassed. A beautiful shot. Beautiful capturing of a fascinating relationship. So great to have christian with us here today. A fictionization of the abscam STING OF THE '70s. I was struck by something, we saw amy adams say about irving, the character you play. Never met a more charming character than your irving. This is a man who really wanted to improve his own life, not just swindle. It's what david and I really found to be fascinating about the piece. Looking at it as dreamers. We would have a sense of our dreams and reinvention of ourselves. That's really what we liked about these characters. The reinvention of the characters themselves and the people playing them. He said one of his personal favorite things to do was to see the stable. The bradley, jennifer lawrence and you and amy, disappear into new characters. We were doing something radically different. This is one of the most consummate con artists. But you have this crazy combover. Who does he think he's kidding? It's like one ear throwing a lifeline to the other ear. It's a great contradiction that you get in good character. For someone who prepares, a obviously, as you do. Is there a private joy in descending into the lives of the characters you're going to play? Definitely. I really love having a job where I really get to investigate and meet with really fascinating people. What is the trauma on your body? At this point in your life of the characters you've inhabited? I've possibly gone a little too far. But it felt appropriate at the time, with body weight loss and weight gain. Obviously, that's the case with irv. I saw this rolling ball of momentum. And I wanted to achieve that. I would imagine that makes it all the more fun, all the more challenges. Yes, it does. "American hustle," so incredibly worth it. Christian bale, congratulations. So glad having you here.

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