"Hustle" opens with a long shot of
"When you see him with his hair, that's one of the themes of the picture," Russell tells me in a conversation after the tribute. "What that is for yourself and your life, when you're constructing something. It's real and it's not real. It's both things. It's the best version of yourself. How long does it serve you and how long does it not serve you?"
From the comb-over, we're then taken into a hotel room where Bale, his partner (
Noting Adams' dress and a similarly revealing leather jacket seen in a publicity still, Russell smiled and said, "I wanted her to wear classic fashion of the '70s, and [costume designer] Michael [Wilkinson] took it where he took it. She was game and she's never been so glamorous or beautiful. She's not like that of course the whole time, but she wears a lot of glamorous clothes. She has 50 wardrobe changes. Five. O."
Russell also revealed that
"There's a whole bunch of surprises in the movie actually," Russell told me, coyly. Adding that since Thanksgiving falls late this year, it appears that "Hustle" will start screening for the media before the November holiday. (The movie opens in theaters on Dec. 13.)
Russell was still writing the film last year while promoting "Silver Linings Playbook" through the awards-season gauntlet. It's the first time in his career he has made movies in back-to-back years.
"I wouldn’t want to do it every year," Russell says. "But to have done it this once. ... You know, there are guys like the
"So you strike while the iron's hot," Russell continues. " I don't want to take a break when things are going too well. I'm happiest when I'm telling a story. it's very exciting to me. It keeps me young."