Christian Bale talks 'American Hustle,' weight gain: 3 highlights
Christian Bale plays a slick-talking, velvet-wearing con artist in David O. Russell's "American Hustle."
The film reunites Bale with his "The Fighter" co-star Amy Adams and director David O. Russell. Bale portrays Irving Rosenfeld, a husky New York con artist juggling two women, his wife Rosalyn, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and his partner in crime Sydney Prosser, played by Amy Adams. The film hit theaters in limited release on Dec. 13 and opened nationwide on Dec. 20.
Bale put on 43 pounds for his role in "American Hustle," according to People magazine. OTRC.com recently spoke with the actor, who talked about the difficulties of gaining weight for a movie, why he's not afraid to do anything on camera and how his character, Irving, differs from his character in the recently released "Out of the Furnace."
Watch Bale's full interview with OTRC.com, as well as a trailer and clips from the film, above and check out three highlights from the interview below.
1. He's not afraid to do anything on camera.
"Why would I be? Because it's not me. You know what I mean? It's not me doing it, you know? I don't have any reason to be embarrassed about any of it because it's the character. The character's doing that, not me."
2. On gaining weight for the role ...
"It's easy to start with ... you're just sitting on your butt and you're eating lots of doughnuts and eating bread and everything like that. But you do it for two months and your body starts to rebel against you, it's just saying, 'No, please,' and your back is aching and there's also some problems with that. And then you've got to lose the weight at the end of it, you know? I wish it was simple."
"But I hope that the makeup maybe get an Oscar or something for this because people think it's a prosthetic belly. I'll lie about that if it means they get an award because the makeup people were fantastic."
3. His nickname on the set ...
"That's the whole point with a con artist is people are going to be going, 'What is going on behind those eyes,' and with those shades and everything and just the slightly sunken and baggy eyes and everything ... my nickname was 'The badger' whilst we were on the set because everyone felt like a little like a badger."
On Dec. 12, Bale received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the movie. Check out a full list of nominees.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).