Adams (with Bale and crewmembers in a scene shot at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel) affected a British accent for her character, Sydney. “I tend to be a perfectionist, and working with David actually made it easier that it’s fake because he’s in the moment, creating this pace on set that, really, you can’t overthink things,” she says. “Once I let go of the accent being perfect, I think it helped inform the character as well.”
Rousing themselves the day after February's Academy Awards, director DavidO. Russell and BradleyCooper and newly crowned best actress JenniferLawrence of Silver Linings Playbook jumped on a plane and headed to Boston. There, they were joined by ChristianBale and AmyAdams, who had starred in the director's 2010 film The Fighter, as well as JeremyRenner.
Duck and Coverage
Lawrence and Bale act a scene (top) while (from left) script supervisor Tracy Scott, cinematographer Linus Sandgren and Russell watch out of camera range.
Dressing the Characters
Says costume designer MichaelWilkinson: "We were not just dressing characters, but we were dressing characters who were dressing themselves as the people they're aspiring to be. We thought deep and hard about who these people were trying to be." He looked for vintage pieces by Halston, DianevonFurstenberg, ChristianDior and YvesSaintLaurent and designed costumes in their style.
Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and David O. Russell
From left: Renner, Bale and Russell discuss a scene. When Bale first resisted taking the role of con man Irving Rosenfeld, Russell considered having Bradley Cooper play Irving and Renner play Cooper’s part of FBI agent Richie DiMaso. But when Bale committed, Renner was offered the part of Mayor Carmine Polito.
Big '70s Hair
From left: Cooper -- who spent two hours every morning with his own hair in curlers -- Russell and Adams. The movie has been shortlisted for the makeup and hairstyling Oscar.