Jeremy Renner Replacing Christian Bale In David O. Russell's Upcoming Drama
Christian Bale was doing quite fine career-wise before starring in The Fighter, but what he created with David O. Russell was the performance of a lifetime. Playing former boxer/crack addict Dicky Eklund, Bale dropped 30 pounds and completely disappeared into the character to the point that you actually have to remind yourself that you're watching the same actor who plays Batman. The performance ended up earning Bale one of the most well-deserved Oscars for Best Supporting Actor in the show's long run and we were ecstatic when it was reported that the actor and director would be reuniting for American Bullshit. Sadly it seems that's no longer happening, as Bale has apparently been forced to drop the project from his schedule, but Russell has found a quite-suitable replacement.
One of Variety's reporters has Tweeted that Jeremy Renner has been brought in to replace Christian Bale in David O. Russell's American Bullshit - or as the Tweet refers to it, the "untitled Sony drama" (still can't say that word in a movie title sadly). The project, based on a script by Eric Singer, is about a FBI sting operation in the 1970s called "Abscam" that resulted in a senator and five house members being convicted of crimes. A couple months ago there was mention that Bradley Cooper, who worked with Russell recently on The Silver Linings Playbook, could be signing on as well, but his name is not mentioned in the Tweet. As last reported in April, they are aiming for a January 2013 release date.
As great as Bale is and as much as I love The Fighter, I think this is a pretty lateral move. Bale may have the Academy Award over Renner in the 2011 Oscar race (Renner was nominated for his supporting turn in The Town), but both considered some of the greatest actors working today. We'll see how it turns out.
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