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According to director David O. Russell, actor Christian Bale will be portraying a Jewish New Yorker in his forthcoming 1970s set film.

Russell says: “He’s playing a financial con artist — not a macho man — a very different kind of person than he’s every played before.”

The director says the film is inspired by some true-life characters who are in the middle of some very intense emotional and romantic relationships in a setting of crime in the ’70s. It’s been reported that the film is based on the FBI’s Abscam public corruption sting operations which led to the conviction of several politicians.

Also joining the cast are Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.

David O. Russell last worked with Christian Bale in the 2010 drama The Fighter. On having the British actor involved in his new film Russell says: “I feel blessed anytime I get to work with him. He’s playing a sincere character, yet a dishonest character, which he did very well in a way in The Fighter as well.”

Russell was commenting on Bale’s character while in the midst of a series of media interviews set up to promote his picture Silver Linings Playbook. The film has eight Oscar nominations. Although it doesn’t have frontrunner status, Russell is upbeat when asked if he thinks his film could cause an upset on the night.

He says: “Never stop believing, baby. You never know what’s going to happen!”

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By Tom Brook