Christian Bale says he acted as a ‘mediator’ between Amy Adams and David O. Russell on the contentious set of the 2013 crime comedy American Hustle.
Years ago a leaked email from the Sony hacks alleged that David ‘abused’ Amy to the point where Christian had to step in. She herself has since described feeling ‘devastated’ on the set of the film ‘most’ days.
Now in a new interview with GQ, Christian confirmed previous claims that he got involved when tensions broke out between Amy and her director.
Doing his bit: Christian Bale says he acted as a ‘mediator’ between Amy Adams and David O Russell on the contentious set of the 2013 crime comedy American Hustle; seen in 2019
‘If I can have some sense of understanding of where it’s coming from, then I do tend to attempt to be a mediator,’ Christian claimed.
‘That’s just in my nature, to try to say: “Hey, come on, let’s go and sit down and figure that out. There’s gotta be a way of making this all work.”‘
The stories about Christian’s conciliatory role on the set of American Hustle first went public in 2015 after WikiLeaks published a raft of hacked Sony emails.
Liberal political pundit Jonathan Alter sent a particularly juicy message to his brother-in-law Michael Lynton, who was then CEO of Sony.
Flashback: Years ago a leaked email from the Sony hacks claimed David (left) ‘abused’ Amy (center) to the point Christian (left) had to step in; the trio on set
His email claimed that the director ‘grabbed one guy by the collar, cursed out people repeatedly in front of others and so abused Amy Adams that Christian Bale got in his face and told him to stop acting like an a**hole.’
Amy then confirmed to British GQ that David made her cry, recalling: ‘He was hard on me, that’s for sure. It was a lot.’
She remembered being ‘really just devastated on set’ and going home in the same dismal emotional state ‘not every day, but most.’
Amy declared she had no desire to work with the director ‘in the near future’ unless there were ‘a way to mitigate the insanity’ of the experience.
Seen onscreen: Now in a new interview with GQ, Christian confirmed previous claims that he had to get involved when tensions broke out between Amy and her director
David O. Russell has over the course of his career become known for his fractious relationships with some of his actors.
He infamously carried on a seething feud with Lily Tomlin on the set of their 2004 movie I Heart Huckabees, as seen in leaked behind-the-scenes footage.
‘I worked on this f***ing thing for three f***ing years, not to have some f***ing c*** yell at me in front of the f***ing crew when I’m trying to f***ing help you, b****!’ he shrieked at her during one row. ‘Figure it out yourself!’
Another video showed Lily shouting at David between takes while trying to film a car scene with Dustin Hoffman, Naomi Watts and French screen queen Isabelle Huppert.
‘It was a lot’: Amy then confirmed to British GQ that David made her cry, recalling: ‘He was hard on me, that’s for sure’; she is pictured in 2019
While Dustin unsuccessfully tried to cool down tensions and Naomi giggled nervously, Isabelle became visibly bored and started checking her hair in the mirror.
Christian himself went viral in 2009 for a leaked audio recording of him berating the cinematographer of Terminator: Salvation on the set.
Furious that the director of photography was distracting him while he tried to do a scene, Christian tore into him in an expletive-filled tirade.
‘What the f*** is it with you?’: Christian himself went viral in 2009 for a leaked audio recording of him berating the cinematographer of Terminator: Salvation; he is pictured in the film
‘Am I gonna walk around and rip your f***in’ lights down? In the middle of a scene?’ he roared. ‘Then why the f*** are you walkin’ right through? “Oh, dah-dah, dah-dah,” like this in the background. What the f*** is it with you?’
During a four-minute rant, he bellowed: ‘You are trashin’ my scene! You do it one more f***in’ time, and I ain’t walkin’ on this set if you’re still hired. I’m f***in’ serious.’
After the recording went viral, Christian issued a public apology for acting ‘like a punk’ and said he and the cinematographer had made up.