David O. Russell sneaks footage of 'American Hustle'
05:00 AM, Nov 09, 2013
If you’re excited about American Hustle, there’s good news: the film is almost ready.
Director David O. Russell locked the picture on Thursday. “We’re mixing our sound for the next week,” he said Friday night at a cocktail party attended by Jennifer Lawrence, Jane Fonda and Melissa Leo, just before a tribute to him was scheduled to begin during AFI Fest.
“I’m superstitious so I don’t want to say too much, but I’m very excited about it,” Russell added. “We watched the film yesterday and it’s wonderful to see when everything comes together at a higher level than it was before, even when you were excited about it before.”
The director later screened the first six minutes of American Hustle at the Egyptian Theater for the AFI Fest audience. The clip opens on a paunchy, balding Christian Bale methodically applying a toupee with glue in a room at the Plaza Hotel. Enter cocky FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who tussles briefly with the scam artist over Bale’s British lover (Amy Adams, showing off a killer figure in a sexy, cleavage-baring ’70s outfit). All are preparing a sting operation involving the mayor (Jeremy Renner, sporting a hilarious bouffant), which immediately goes wrong.
“I like casting actors against type,” Russell told the audience during the Q & A. While the night was not without a few glitches the footage initially played without sound because of a faulty speaker, an obvious frustration for the director the sneak peek ultimately “played like gangbusters,” saidVariety. IndieWire found the clip “intensely funny.” American Hustle opens Dec. 13.