‘What a Nasty Man’: Fans Call Thor 4 Star Christian Bale ‘Hypocrite’ for Working With David O. Russell After Bale Defended Amy Adams From His Bullying

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As the movie Amsterdam is scheduled to release by the end of this year, it has generated some major hype. The film stars quite a lot of huge names such as Christian Bale, Chris Rock, Margot Robbie, and Robert De Niro.

A still from the movie Amsterdam

The movie is directed by prolific filmmaker David O. Russell, known for making Joy, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Fighter. In one of his most successful releases, the director released American which starred Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner.


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David O. Russell Bullied Amy Adams On Hustle

Alongside the star cast, Amy Adams was also part of the hit film. But despite the success of the film, Amy Adams’ experience isn’t all positive. Speaking about her negative experience of working with David O. Russell, Amy Adams stated:

“It really taught me how to separate work and home. Because I was like, I cannot bring this experience home with me to my daughter.”

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Amy Adams and Christian Bale in the American Hustle

In some of the leaked emails from Sony, Journalist Jonathan Alter contended that David Russell would be extremely abusive to her while working on the American Hustle, so much so that Christian Bale had to step in. Describing the behavior, Jonathan Alter wrote:

“His abuse and lunatic behaviour are extreme even by Hollywood standards,”

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Due to the understanding that Christian Bale knew of David Russell’s abusive behavior and him standing up to the director, Fans are disappointed in Christian Bale for continuing to work for David Russell and have made their opinion known.

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David O. Russell on the set of the American Hustle


David O. Russell has a long list of abusive behavior on and off set

Despite the public nature of filmmaking and its general transparency, it is shocking to note the number of instances that a director has been abusive to their cast. Generally brushed off for being eccentric and too into the process, the experience still leaves a bad taste in the actor’s mouth.

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Some of these notorious directors who went on to create iconic films include William Friedkin for The Exorcist, Francis Ford Coppola for Apocalypse Now, and Stanley Kubric for the Shining.

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2001: A Space Odyssey director Stanley Kubrick

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These directors have a reputation for putting their actors at risk. Martin Sheen literally got a heart attack while working incessantly on the set of Apocalypse Now, while Stanley Kubrick kept Shelly Duvall in isolation and took innumerable takes to heighten her reaction.


Written by Nikhil Makwana

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Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.