Christian Bale on allegations that David O. Russell abused Amy Adams: They are both ‘amazing talents’

American Hustle co-stars Amy Adams and Christian Bale in 2011.

Amy Adams and Christian Bale American hustle co-stars, in 2011.
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After working with Director David O Russell on American hustle In 2016, Christian Bale reunited with Russell amsterdam, out this Friday. And in one interview for the November cover of GQ This week, Bale reflected on some cute little memories of the American hustle Set — specifically, rumors, confirmed by Bale’s co-star Amy Adams, that she and Russell clashed during filming.

2016 Adams – also in an interview with GQsaid that Russell regularly made her cry while he was making the film. “He was hard on me, that’s for sure. It was a lot… He did it [make me cry]”I was really devastated on set,” she said. Two years earlier, during the 2014 chop of Sony Pictures, an email between journalist Jonathan Alter and his brother-in-law, then-Sony CEO Michael Lynton, said Russell “so abused” Adams on set. “His abuse and crazy behavior is extreme even by Hollywood standards,” Alter wrote.

Asked by GQ About what went on between Adams and Russell and Bale’s role in it, Bale recalled taking a diplomatic approach. “I did what I thought was appropriate, in a very Irv style,” he said, referring to his character in American hustle. He continued, “If I can reasonably understand where it’s coming from, then I tend to try to be a mediator. It’s just my nature to try to say, ‘Hey, come on, let’s go and sit down and find out. There has to be a way to make this all work.’”

Of course, it seems worth noting here that despite Bale’s self-proclaimed instincts as a peacemaker, he has a history of alleged violence himself. In 2008 he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister, although no charges were filed. His temper is also well documented – a video of the actor surfaced in 2009 verbally attack a Terminator Redemption Crew member with a barrage of expletives. One really wonders what he reports himself American hustle Diplomacy could have resulted!

In his interview with GQ This week, Bale appeared to ultimately downplay the abuse allegations against Adams and Russell, the male director who wields significant power over them, as a clash of great personalities. “You’re dealing with two such incredible talents there,” he said, adding, “if you work with people of the crazy creative talent of Amy or David, there’s going to be trouble. But they are fucking phenomenal.”

In addition to the alleged abuse of Adams, Russell is also accused sexual assault his trans niece in 2012. After she filed the police report, Russell told officers his niece “behaved very provocatively towards him,” which led to the alleged assault. To opposite George Clooney, Russell abused extras and crew members in their 1999 film three Kings.

Unlike Bale, I wasn’t on set American hustle and will never know what happened. But I do, of course, question a male co-star who essentially resorts to bothside isms to describe the working relationship between a woman and her male boss that frequently made her cry. As for Bale’s praise for Russell, I’m weary of the long tradition of artistically “genius” men accused of abuse being given a pass for mistreating others because the art they create is worthy.

Amsterdamwith a star-studded cast that includes Bale, Margot Robbie, Chris Rock, Rami Malek, Anya Taylor-Joy, Robert DeNiro, Zoe Saldaña and even Taylor Swift, has so far eluded drama and Backlash that it arguably deserves, given Russell’s story. To me, all bits of his past raise questions about how Russell is still directing blockbuster movies while big names like the ones above Amsterdam stars lavish praise on him. Being “fucking phenomenal” is hardly an excuse to abuse others with impunity. Christian Bale on allegations that David O. Russell abused Amy Adams: They are both ‘amazing talents’

Adam Bradshaw

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