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“I was really just devastated on set”: Amy Adams Was Surprised by Jennifer Lawrence’s Resilience Against Abusive Director Before Christian Bale Intervened

Although many people have a romanticized idea of what it’s like to work in Hollywood, the reality often has a darker side they don’t see. Amy Adams’ recent statements have shed light on director David O. Russell’s abusive behavior on the set of the 2013 film American Hustle.

Furthermore, Christian Bale, frequently cast in Russell’s films, discussed his role as a peacemaker between Adams and Russell. This shocking revelation has sparked a discussion about the mistreatment of actors and the need for a safer and more respectful working environment in the film industry.

Christian Bale As The Mediator

Christian Bale
Christian Bale

Christian Bale, an Oscar winner for his many transformative roles, has worked with director David O. Russell on numerous occasions, including in critically acclaimed and award-winning films. But it turns out that Bale’s involvement in these projects went far beyond acting.

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Bale told GQ that he had to mediate between co-stars Amy Adams and Kurt Russell during the filming of American Hustle. The Dark Knight actor remarked on the incredible talent shared by Adams and Russell while also noting the inevitable conflicts that arise when collaborating with such original thinkers.

He said the dynamic on set was very similar to how their characters were in the film. Bale realized he had a knack for bringing people together, so he made it his mission to improve relations on the job.

Amy Adams’ Talks About Her Trauma

Amy Adams
Amy Adams

Amy Adams, an accomplished actress with a reputation for adaptability and charisma, reteamed with The Fighter director David O. Russell for American Hustle. In an interview with British GQ from 2016, Adams discussed how her time on the latter set differed greatly from her previous collaboration.


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She was shocked by Russell’s demanding style of directing, which brought her to tears more than once. On the set of American Hustle, Adams revealed that she was devastated by Russell’s treatment.

“Even I was surprised on ‘American Hustle,’ because on ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ he had developed this wild, crazy way of working with Bradley [Cooper] and Jennifer [Lawrence]…and it was mania. I was like: wow. He was hard on me, that’s for sure. It was a lot. I was really just devastated on set.”

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David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence
David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence

What really stood out to her was Jennifer Lawrence’s strength and determination on set. Adams remarked how impressive it was that Lawrence seemed completely unfazed by Russell’s antics, calling her “Teflon.”

“Jennifer [Lawrence] doesn’t take any of it on. She’s Teflon. And I am not Teflon. But I also don’t like to see other people treated badly, you know what I mean? It’s not OK with me. Life to me is more important than movies.”

But Amy Adams admitted she isn’t as tough and couldn’t handle seeing anyone else treated unfairly. Adams’ account of her treatment on the American Hustle set highlights the disturbing reality of abusive behavior in the entertainment industry. The actress values life over cinema and considers it essential to treat others with dignity.

Source: British GQ

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