Watch Exclusive 'American Hustle' Character Sketches (Video)

5. American Hustle
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Speaking of getting back to basics, David O. Russell, in American Hustle and his previous two films, has done just that, making personal, madly dynamic, hugely entertaining films that at their cores are about self-reinvention and overcoming what might have been holding one back before. After his own period in the wilderness, the writer-director seems laser-focused and devoted to making social comedies in which he's able to get well-known actors to hit all sorts of new and unfamiliar notes. In a year graced by many first-rate ensemble casts, this may have the best of them.

Get an inside look at the characters in David O. Russell's tale of flamboyant con artists embroiled in a complex corruption crackdown.

The Hollywood Reporter's Instagram account previewed five exclusive sketches of American Hustle's lead characters.

Watch the brief clips below from the ensemble of David O. Russell's tale, featuring flamboyant con artists embroiled in a complex corruption crackdown.

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Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner)

“He’s principled, he’s self righteous, he’s a lover, he’s a communicator,” revealed Renner.  

Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams)

“She’s only adapting and becoming what she thinks she needs to in order to survive,” explained Adams.

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Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper)

“Richie is explosive, dangerous, and at the same time, very vulnerable and child-like," said Cooper.

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Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale)

“In search of this bigger truth, he’s willing to tell as many lies as he has to,” explained Bale.

Rosalyn Rosenfeld (Jennifer Lawrence)

“She is very manipulative -- but in her mind, it is in order to do the right thing,” said Lawrence.