Christian Bale And David O. Russell Met For Six Years Before Film

Director David O. Russell and actor Christian Bale met several times a week, once in a while, for six years to make their latest film ‘Amsterdam’.

A Hollywood insider told us about the duo: “For six years [they met] to discuss interesting tidbits about history and how to shape them into characters.”

The source added that the couple’s powwows lasted for so many years that shape-shifting actor Bale went through several physical transformations in the process.

“Christian was going to be making movies in between, so his breakfast would change. When he made ‘Vice’ he had to eat a ton. They wrote so much that Christian still has closets full of different versions of the script.”

Christian Bale, David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper
The duo previously collaborated on “American Hustle” with Bradley Cooper.
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This week, the duo showed the finished film to friends in a private gathering with stars including Oscar Isaac, Ben Stiller, John C. Reilly, Alexander Payne, Guillermo Del Toro, Gus van Sant, Jeremy Strong, “James Bond” producer Barbara Broccoli and more.

The screening was at the Los Angeles architectural gem Ross House in Silver Lake. The film will then have a world premiere at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in NYC, before opening wide in theaters on October 7.

The film also stars Margot Robbie and John David Washington, and the “crime epic” follows “three close friends who find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history.”

Margot Robbie
Bale’s upcoming crime epic, “Amsterdam,” also stars Margot Robbie and John David Washington.
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“Vice” director Adam McKay moderated a Q&A after the screening in which Bale, 48, and Russell, 64, talked about their collaboration, as well as how they found Fromin’s Delicatessen in Santa Monica, California, many nights when they were inventing, closed their notebooks.

It is Russell’s first film since the 2015 Jennifer Lawrence film Joy. Bale currently stars in “Thor: Love and Thunder.” He also starred in Russell’s “American Hustle.”

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