There are few actors who transform so completely with every role like Christian Bale. Take, for example, the comb-over and belly paunch he rocks as the star of David O. Russell‘s newest film, American Hustle; his ’70s style is a far cry from the skinny, crack-addicted Dicky Ecklund in the last film he and Russell made together, The Fighter. In American Hustle, Bale plays Irving Rosenfeld, a con man who, along with his partner and mistress, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are recruited by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), to become part of a scam that will inplicate and involve politicians and mafiosi, including Camden mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner). And then, of course, there’s Irving’s wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), who threatens to unravel the whole operation.
We sat down with the Oscar-winning actor to talk about his inspiration for the character, why Irving is actually “a romantic”, and the important role that comb-over plays in Irving’s cons.
You can watch the full interview, above, and catch American Hustle in theaters now.