Amy Adams Plays a Grifter in ‘American Hustle’
By Robert Ito to NY Times
In “American Hustle,” the latest film by the director David O. Russell, Rosalyn Rosenfeld (Jennifer Lawrence) plants a lipstick-smearing kiss on Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), a grifter who is having an affair with a fellow con artist (Christian Bale), who just happens to be Rosalyn’s husband. The kiss caps off a scene of rage-filled accusations and not-so-veiled threats. The possibility that members of the Mafia might kill all three of them only ratchets up the heat.
The kiss, Ms. Adams admitted, was her idea. “Rosalyn’s crazy,” she said. “And I thought, ‘What’s the craziest thing she could do?’ ”
A suggestion was made to Mr. Russell; Ms. Lawrence, it turned out, was game. As sudden as it is sloppy, the kiss is equal parts threat and assault, akin, in both feeling and execution, to the one Michael Corleone shares with his brother Fredo.
If Ms. Lawrence stuck the landing on the kiss, Ms. Adams hits about a half-dozen different emotions — from shock to fear to rage — with her understandably stunned response. Her character has already had the lousy night to end all lousy nights, and now this?
Sydney “is the most miserable human being I’ve ever played,” Ms. Adams said. “She is not — happy. I’m used to playing people that, even if they’re survivors, there’s some sort of light in them. I don’t know that she has that, necessarily.”
With a laugh, she added, “I think I like playing happy people.”
Fans of Ms. Adams know the type. For many of them, Ms. Adams, 39, will always be the wide-eyed, would-be princess who fell to Earth in “Enchanted,” or the chatty, cheerful Southern wife in “Junebug,” for which she received the first of four Academy Award nominations.
Reflecting an awards season in which no one film is dominating, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, voting Sunday, produced a tie, awarding its best picture prize to both Alfronso Cuaron’s survival-in-space-tale Gravity and Spike Jonze’s slightly futuristic love story Her. Cuaron was also named best director, with Jonze as runner-up. Gravity also was cited for its cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki and its editing by Cuaron and Mark Sanger, while Her got a nod for K.K. Barrett’s production design.
As promised, added the remained scans of Vanity Fair January issue – you have the complete article now, and a missing page of The Hollywood Reporter actresses roundtable issue. Also, my friend Claudia sent scans of italian Best Movie, which featured American Hustle on cover.
A few days ago I have added a few medium quality pictures of Amy attending the press conference for American Hustle in New York, and today I have additional HQ sized pictures, donated by our friend Nicole:
Amy Adams attended the world premiere of ‘American Hustle’ last night in New York City, in a Elie Saab dress and joined by her fiance Darren Le Gallo. I have over 200 HQ pictures in our gallery, being a lot of it sent by our friend Nicole at Jeremy-Renner.com!
After all the frenetic updates from yesterday, things are a little slow on my end, but soon you’ll find more goodies.