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Dec 7, 2013

Christian Bale is known for his blazing intensity in such films as the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy and ‘American Psycho,’ but he had to change up his character for Scott Cooper’s Rust Belt drama ‘Out of the Furnace.’

The Rust Belt town of Braddock just outside of Pittsburgh is the sort of blue-collar enclave where factories once gave residents the promise of lifelong jobs at good union wages — the kind of place where resilience and character were more highly valued than possessions or status.  

It’s that world that Braddock native Russell Baze has watched slip away in ”Out of the Furnace,” the searing new drama from writer-director Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”) opening in theaters Wednesday. As played by Christian Bale, Russell is motivated by love and loyalty — a good man beset on all sides by turmoil. He is ceaselessly confronted by tragedy, yet he marshals his emotional reserves, even in the face of heartbreak.

“There’s a stillness to the character, a stillness that’s he’s had to have his entire life,” Bale said in a recent interview. “He’s had to put a hold on his impulses in order to be the patriarch of the family and to take on those responsibilities without going and screaming his head off. There’s no whining or complaining or wishing that it’s going to change. That’s stoicism, isn’t it?”

Bale, by contrast, is largely recognized for his relentless intensity, his determination to follow his creative impulses down wild and unpredictable paths, his willingness to radically reshape his body to conform to each new role. He also has a reputation, owing mostly to one unfortunate and well documented on-set outburst, as a temperamental leading man, quick to anger with little patience for Hollywood glad-handing. • Read full story »

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Dec 7, 2013

Jeff Bridges has recently praises Christian Bale role as Russell Blaze in Out of the Furnace to Variety!

Christian Bale’s portrayal of the complicated Russell Baze in Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace” is outstanding.

Christian always delivers, but I found this performance especially engaging.

What I love about his work is that he consistently creates characters that are real.  

He gives the audience the sense they are a fly on the wall, watching something that isn’t meant to be seen.

Scott Cooper’s wonderful original screenplay and direction have given us the opportunity to see remarkable performances by the entire cast, and Christian, leading the pack, draws us so beautifully into this story with his powerful, subtle performance, that this movie is a one-of-a-kind jewel. It’s the best movie I’ve seen in a long time.

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Dec 4, 2013

It’s grin-inducing to watch Christian Bale shrink back at the term “movie star.”

“I don’t have that thing where you get these sort of guys who give a smile that the women fall in love with them. I would just be cracking up laughing,” he says. “I can only do that as a spoof.”  

But movie star he is, the self-deprecating kind who just flew in from the set of Exodus in Europe (he’s Moses) with two much-buzzed-about films on his hands: Out of the Furnace and American Hustle. Right now he’s running two hours behind, ever the perfectionist polishing audio for the upcoming Terrence Malick film, Knight of Cups.

Bale’s fuel? A small pile of potato chips, currently subbing in for the lunch he didn’t have time to eat while chatting about submerging himself into the world of Furnace, a low-budget, intense study on the effects of a crumbling American economy and the emotional tax recovering soldiers pay.

In the film (in limited release today and in theaters nationwide Friday), Bale, 39, plays Russell Baze, a steel worker committed to building a respectable life in the forgotten town of Braddock, Pa. His younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) has returned scarred from his fourth tour of duty in Iraq, turning to bare-knuckle brawling to pay his debts; their father suffers from cancer.

Here, a steady factory job is the only American Dream available, but for both Baze brothers, in 2008, prospects are bleak.

“You’re looking at someone like Russell who is so typically American, and does the right thing but is receiving nothing for it,” says the Welsh actor, who calls the U.S. his chosen home, having lived here since he was a teenager.

In the film, Bale — tattooed and sinewy — is watching his life veer off road. His girlfriend (Zoe Saldana) is torn from him, and local law enforcement, held in the grip of a backwoods crime ring, does nothing when Rodney disappears after a fight in the violent New Jersey Ramapo Mountains. Russell takes the law in his own hands to defend his brother from the ring’s depraved crime boss (Woody Harrelson).

The size of the project was enticing. After putting his celebrated Batman trilogy to bed in Christopher Nolan’s big-budget Dark Knight Rises, the opportunity presented by Furnace, shot in 27 days and helmed by second-time director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), appealed to Bale.

“It’s very rare that people who do massive films like that want to repeat with another massive film,” says Bale. “You’re dealing with a small army, everything you do requires hundreds of people — vs. a lower-budget film where you can spin on a dime. You have less people breathing over your shoulder. You can alter the script in 10 minutes and decide you’re going to go in a totally different direction and nobody questions you, you just do it. There’s great a freedom to it.”

Cooper says he wrote his film with Bale in mind, much as he had scripted Crazy Heart for Jeff Bridges, though he had not met either actor before approaching them with the projects.

“His character is a metaphor for America, and what we’ve experienced in these last five turbulent years,” says Cooper, calling Bale “the best actor of my generation…he plays the part with such restraint and subtlety and shading. Very few people can do that.”

From the steel town to the ’70s

Bale reunites with director David O. Russell, who directed him to a supporting-actor Oscar for 2010?s The Fighter, for American Hustle,out Dec. 13. Russell’s lens travels back to the ’70s , with Bale morphing into potbellied scam artist Irving Rosenfeld, caught between romancing his British sidekick (Amy Adams), pacifying his squawking young Long Island housewife (Jennifer Lawrence) and being strong-armed into stings by a reckless FBI agent (Bradley Cooper).

Hustle comically opens on Bale’s bloated gut as he strategically coaxes, glues and hairsprays his toupee into place. “I loved the contradiction of someone who is such a good con man who does such an appalling job of conning people that he has a head of hair,” says Bale with a grin. .”

On set, two passionate men sometimes collided. He and Russell “don’t hold anything back,” says Bale. “And if we disagree we say it very bluntly to each other and we work things out.” • Read full story »

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Dec 4, 2013

The movie also wins best screenplay and best supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence.

American Hustle was named best picture by the New York Film Critics Circle on Tuesday.

The movie also topped all other winners with a total of three awards, including best screenplay for David O. Russell, who also directed, and Eric Singer. In addition, Jennifer Lawrence was named best supporting actress.

Last year, the NYFCC chose Zero Dark Thirty as its winner for best picture.

Other 2013 winners included best actress Cate Blanchett(Blue Jasmine), best actor Robert Redford (All Is Lost), best supporting actor Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and best director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave).

A complete list of winners follows:

Best Picture: American Hustle
Best Actor: Robert RedfordAll Is Lost
Best Actress: Cate BlanchettBlue Jasmine
Best Director: Steve McQueen12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay: Eric Singer & David O. RussellAmerican Hustle
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer LawrenceAmerican Hustle
Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises
Best Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Best First Film: Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
Best Foreign Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Best Nonfiction Film (Documentary): Stories We Tell
Special Award: Frederick Wiseman

Founded in 1935, the organization’s membership includes critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines and qualifying online general-interest publications. Every year in December, the group meets in New York to vote on awards for the previous calendar year’s films.

In addition to the regular categories, which include best picture, director, actor and actress, special stand-alone awards are given to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the art of cinema, including producers, directors, actors, writers, critics, historians, film restorers and service organizations.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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