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Bale, Cooper break down director's Oscar magic

Published on Feb 8, 2014 6:26 AM
 
(From left) US actor Bradley Cooper, US director David O'Russel and British actor Christian Bale pose during a photocall for the film American Hustle in the Berlinale Special category at the 64rd Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, on Feb 7, 2014. The stars of crime caper American Hustle Bale and Cooper said on Friday that their director's "raw" atmosphere on set and risk-taking were behind its 10 Oscar nominations. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - The stars of crime caper American Hustle Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper said on Friday that their director's "raw" atmosphere on set and risk-taking were behind its 10 Oscar nominations. 

Promoting the picture at the Berlin film festival, Bale and Cooper said director and screenwriter David O. Russell's remarkable haul of Hollywood honours were down to the fact that he was an actors' filmmaker.

"You must trust the director completely. Plot should never trump character. That's what makes it so nice and enjoyable as an actor because it shows that he's actually enjoying the same things that actors enjoy," said the British Bale, who is nominated for an Academy Award along with all three of the film's other main actors: Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.

"And that's why I think you get so many actors just willing to go balls out and give these ultimately extraordinary performances. But for any extraordinary performance you've got to risk being an absolute fool." Bale, who gained a beer belly for the role, said Russell had been willing to scrap key plot elements during the filming of American Hustle, which was based on a 1970s FBI sting operation known as ABSCAM.

 
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