American Hustle director David O. Russell has said he wants film goers to be exhilarated by the characters that he creates.
O. Russell told The Hollywood Reporter, "It really started when I wrote Silver Lining's [Playbook] before The Fighter but couldn't get it financed. That's when things got very clear to me that these pictures were about these characters.
"I love them, I love their music, I love their heartbreak. I want people to be exhilarated by them by living with them for two hours. Also the women characters were the key, were going to be big, very formidable forces."
He continued, "People can see, ah, this is what he’s doing now, this is his thing. The story for me is ancillary to the characters; it’s a great engine when it’s whether it’s boxing or the mental illness in [Robert] De Niro’s house. It’s a doozy of a predicament. But it’s an excuse to be with these characters and be enchanted by them."
American Hustle's outstanding ensemble cast has garnered the film a lot of attention and it seems that O. Russell got his dream-team together having worked with many of them before, notably Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Silver Lining's Playbook and Amy Adams and Christian Bale in The Fighter.
"They're collaborators. They'll trust me and take chances with me and I will them. So I can show up and, 'Hey Bradley, I want you to beat up Louis CK with a telephone. And Jennifer, I want you to sing Live Or Let Die while wearing cleaning gloves'."
American Hustle has been nominated for seven Golden Globes tying in number with Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.