'The Big Short' Stars Dish on Joking Around On-Set

Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and writer-director Adam McKay talk about their new movie.
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The golden globe nominations came out today. One movie that got four nods is an unlikely comedy about the housing collapse that led to the great recession of 2008. Tonight we're going to hear from Christian bale, Steve carell, Ryan gosling, and the director about how they turned an apocalyptic and oar cane financial yarn into a laugh-fest. Here's ABC's Chris Connelly. Reporter: In a comedy fueled by outrage, "The big short" gives Christian bale the chance to work out his character's frustrations on the drums. It's very therapeutic, banging the crap out of those things. We did demolish those drums when we were filming, almost took a crew member's eye out. Reporter: Bale, Ryan gosling, Steve carell playing Wall Street outsiders who saw last decade's multi-billion dollar economic crash coming, it was a bestseller. How many times did you read the book? Twice. Almost back to back. I needed to understand what I had just read. It felt -- it's such a great book but it's a very complicated subject matter. Reporter: Challenging enough to grasp the details of Michael lewis' epic account of the 2007 collapse of the housing market. Harder for writer/director Adam Mckay to make "The big short" into a people-pleasing ensemble laugher. What was fun about playing someone like Jared? He is loosely based on a real person. And yet we had to take a lot of liberties because he became the narrater and also the tour guide through this world. I can feel you judging me. That's palpable. What did you enjoy about that? You get to turn to the camera every now and then. I really liked it. Yeah, I'd like to do more of that. I grew up on I do saved by the bell." This is horrible. I just meant to get a car. If I don't find a way out of this, my life is over. Zach Morris was my acting icon when I was a kid. I thought I'd be doing more of it, honestly. Reporter: Trying to follow Christian bale? Oi. Before we started I'd call Adam. How's it going? And he said, oh my god, Christian bale is incredible. I'm back in L.A. Going, oh, no! I'm in a movie with Christian bale, are you kidding me? You know, everyone had that reaction. Because the first two weeks were all Christian. And the crew and all of us fell in love with Christian. Stupidly I would tell these guys that. Steve's like, remember -- Reporter: It was Mckay who spearheaded the project and attracted its a-list cast. Eager to elicit laughter and something more from its audiences. Bale utterly transforms into Michael bury, a doctor with a knack for high finance and a lack of communication skills. You have a very nice haircut, did you do it yourself? What? Reporter: He'd wear the same clothing the doc did along with learning those death metal drums. What was the most important thing for you in sort of telling Michael's story? Mike was very understanding of the need for license. I was very surprised how understanding he was of that. You want to stay absolutely truthful to him because he is such a fascinating character. Reporter: Ryan gosling's deep on the inside cynic is all, hey, guy, to carrel and his team. No, Alex, no. Reporter: With an attitude and sharp fin sharp as his two-piece. Just putting on the suit must have made you feel like, I got this. Right? I did, more it was putting on the wig, I felt like, I got this. I walked out of the trailer and saw Steve and Steve went, never do this again. Such a horror show. He's such a good-looking human being and he could not have looked creepier. Reporter: For "Nightline" I'm Chris Connelly in Los Angeles. Thanks to Chris Connelly for that report. "The big short" will be in theaters on December 23rd.

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