American Hustle Review Roundup: Christian Bale’s Hair


Christian Bale’s hair is full of secrets. At least that’s what David O. Russell tells us in the opening scene of American Hustle, where a pudgy Bale spackles a toupee underneath his comb-over. Bale, who plays Irving Rosenfeld, is the ultimate confidence man, and a confident man needs a full head of hair. Not to be outdone, each cast member gets a wildly entertaining seventies-era hairdo to suit their characters — Bradley Cooper sports a prima donna perm; Amy Adams has wild frizz; Jennifer Lawrence has a big, blonde updo; and Jeremy Renner rocks an Elvis pompadour — but ultimately it’s Bale’s hair that acts as a stand-in for the era. This is hair as metaphor, hair as tragic ruse, hair as American bullshit — at least according to all the critics.  Read More...


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