Trivia / American Hustle

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Shea Wigham discusses gambling in Atlantic City. His character in Boardwalk Empire is from Atlantic City.
    • He and Jeremy Renner had also played partners in Lords Of Dogtown.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Bradley Cooper suggested that Richie should have a perm, and also to have him wearing curlers in the scene at his apartment.
  • All-Star Cast: Seriously, you got Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence in one package. And Robert De Niro has a cameo. Not to mention, that the first five are in the four superhero movie franchises.
  • Creator Backlash: Amy Adams doesn't look too fondly on her time in this movie, later confessing that David O Russell shouted so much abuse at her on set that she "felt like crying every day".
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Christian Bale, as usual. He put on 43 pounds to play the overweight Irving. He also shaved his head, so he'd have an authentic combover and affected a slouchy posture throughout, herniating two discs in the process. Robert De Niro apparently didn't recognise him when they shot their scene, and had David O Russell point out who Christian Bale was.
  • Fake American: The Welsh-born English Christian Bale and English Jack Huston play American characters.
  • Fake Nationality: There's a couple of In-Universe examples:
    • Sydney constantly fakes a British accent in order to pass herself off as "Lady Edith Greensly".
    • And there's the Mexican FBI agent who impersonates an Arab sheik, which gets lampshaded by Irving as ridiculous.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Playing Gertrude: In true David O Russell tradition, Rosalyn's real life counterpart was in her mid-30s. Jennifer Lawrence was twenty-three. She's implied to be something of a trophy wife - but is clearly still meant to be older than Lawrence was at the time.
  • Production Posse: David O Russell brings many of his regulars such as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Rohm and Robert De Niro in a cameo. He had also worked with Christian Bale and Amy Adams before as well.
  • Real-Life Relative: When Carmine is greeting the city as Mayor, he kisses a child on the hands. This is Jeremy Renner's own daughter Ava. The woman holding the girl is Renner's girlfriend Sonni Pacheco.
  • Throw It In:
    • The kiss that Rosalyn lays on Sydney during their bathroom confrontation was apparently done at Amy Adams' insistence.
    • Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence were having trouble with the scripted argument between Irving and Rosalyn - so they just improvised the whole thing instead.
    • The ice fishing story was improvised on set. It has an ending that isn't heard in the film. The brother ended up pooing on the ice.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, the title of this film was American Bullshit. Though that would end up as a Censored Title.
    • Ben Affleck was also signed on to direct.
    • Although Christian Bale was the first choice for Irving, he had to briefly drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Bradley Cooper was already cast as Richie and was then going to replace Bale. Jeremy Renner was then going to replace Cooper as Richie. But when Bale's schedule cleared up, everyone reverted to their initial parts - and Carmine was then written so that Renner could star.
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