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American Hustle (2013)

Country: USA

Genres: Crime, Drama

Taglines: Everyone Hustles To Survive

Director: David O. Russell

Writers: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell

Stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, ...

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
Christian Bale achieved the physical traits of his character by gaining over 40 pounds, getting a comb-over and slouching his posture and ended up herniating two of his disks in the process.
Christian Bale compared his physique in the film to that of a Buddha statue and said that his colleagues would rub his belly for luck and even some of the extras, despite being complete strangers to Bale, would do the same.
David O. Russell wrote the characters of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K. and Robert De Niro expressly for each of the actors to play them.
The film is a fictionalized telling of the Abscam (short for Arab scam) scandal of the late 1970s and early 1980s, an FBI operation that began as an investigation of trafficking in stolen property, but was later expanded to include political corruption.
It was Bradley Cooper's idea to give Richie DiMaso a perm-hairstyle, as well as wearing hair curlers in the scene at Richie's apartment.
The script was originally titled "American Bullshit" and came in eighth place on Hollywood's 2010 Black List, which ranks unproduced screenplays.
There are over 200 visual effects shots in the film, most of which were comprised of removing modern cars and buildings on location that weren't around in 1978-1980.
Tied with Gangs of New York (2002) and True Grit (2010) for second-highest number of Academy Award nominations with no wins at 10, following The Turning Point (1977) and The Color Purple (1985) at 11.
Director Ben Affleck was originally considered to direct but he dropped out to direct The Stand.
In keeping with the themes of the film, Duke Ellington Live at Newport', the record over which Irving and Sydney first bond, was largely a fake live album; over half of the original LP had been re-recorded in the studio, as record producer George Avakian
The "Irving Rosenfeld" character is only very loosely based on real-life con man and convicted swindler Melvin Weinberg, whose story is told in the book "The Sting Man," written with Bob Greene.
Jeremy Renner and Elisabeth Röhm, who play Carmine and Dolly Polito, previously worked together on the TV episode Angel: Somnambulist (2000).
While American Hustle references a U.S. Senator as having been caught in the Abscam scandal, it does not name him. The Senator was Harrison A. ("Pete") Williams, (D. N.J.), and Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
Danny Rosenfeld (Danny Corbo/Sonny Corbo) is very loosely based on J.R. Weinberg, the real-life son of Melvin (Irving) and Cynthia Marie Weinberg (Rosalyn). Unlike the juvenile Danny, J.R. Weinberg was 16 years old at the end of Abscam.
Glimpses of the line dance sequence at Camden City Hall featuring Irving, Richie, Carmine, and Rosalyn from the deleted scene "Carmine On Stage Singing" appear in the film's trailers.
The character played by Shea Whigham discusses gambling in Atlantic City, and his character in Boardwalk Empire (2010) is also from Atlantic City. (Co-star Jack Huston also appears in "Boardwalk Empire".)
It was Amy Adams's idea for Jennifer Lawrence to kiss her in the bathroom.
Several friends and colleagues of the late Angelo Errichetti (written as Carmine Polito in the film) specifically praised Jeremy Renner's nuanced performance, claiming he had "virtually cloned" the looks and mannerisms of Errichetti. In dramatic scenes in
Jennifer Lawrence, after destroying her husband's microwave, or "science oven," by putting "metal" in the oven (tin foil), justifies her mistake by quoting an article purportedly written by Paul Brodeur, that she claims says that microwave ovens destroy n
Christian Bale has revealed that in the scene where his character Irving is singing "Delilah" with Jeremy Renners Carmine, he chose to study footage of several Al Pacino classics. His hammed up dancing/singing is a result of this research.
Ben Affleck was originally considered to helm the project but he dropped out to direct "The Stand" which he eventually dropped out on as well.
This is the third movie to be nominated for Oscars in all four acting categories without winning in any of them. The other two are My Man Godfrey (1936) and Sunset Blvd. (1950).
All of the five main cast have played a comic book movie role. Christian Bale, (Batman, "The Dark Knight" trilogy), Amy Adams, (Lois Lane, "Man of Steel"), Jennifer Lawrence, (Mystique, "X-Men" franchise), Jeremy Renner, (Hawkeye, "Thor, The Avengers"), a
The weight gained by Christian Bale almost cost him his role in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) this was due to Bale still carrying some of the extra weight he had gained, but he managed to lose the remaining weight in time.
The 17th biggest grossing film of 2013.
Jeremy Renner and Shea Whigham also played partners in a previous movie. They played Jay "Jayboy" Adams, the famous Z Boyz skateboarder, managers in Lords of Dogtown. (2005)
Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper both starred in David O'Russells Silver Linings Playbook for which they both were the lead actors and filmed most of their scenes together. In this film they have no scenes together nor do they at least talk to or mentio
Amy Adams, Christain Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence have all appeared in comic book films: Christain Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Dark Knight Trilogy, Amy Adams as Lois Lane in Man of Steel, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon in Guardians
Christian Bale has revealed that in the scene where his character Irving is singing "Delilah" with Carmine, he chose to study footage of several Al Pacino classics. His hammed up dancing/singing is a result of this research.
The weight gained by Christian Bale almost cost him his role in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014). This was due to Bale still carrying some of the extra weight he had gained, but he managed to lose the remaining weight in time.
Jeremy Renner and Shea Whigham also played partners in Lords of Dogtown (2005).
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson came up with a specific wardrobe scheme for Amy Adams. In order to subtly show Sydney's emotion and physical vulnerability, he deliberately made her clothing close-fitting with lack of bras, while for scenes where Sydney
Jeremy Renner and Elisabeth Röhm, who play Carmine and Dolly Polito, previously worked together on the Angel TV episode Angel: Somnambulist (2000).
All of the five main cast have played comic book movie roles: Christian Bale, (Batman, "The Dark Knight" trilogy), Amy Adams, (Lois Lane, "Superman" series), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique, "X-Men" franchise), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye, "Avengers" franchise), a
Once, while a guest on British talk show host Stephen Merchant's show, the comedian Louis CK joked about the students in the audience on "Inside the Actors Studio" who ask famous actors for career advice: "It always occurs to me, you know, when an actor s
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Christian Bale, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence; and three Oscar nominees: Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner.
While American Hustle references a U.S. Senator caught in the Abscam scandal, it does not name him. He was Harrison A. ("Pete") Williams, (D. N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
David O. Russell was reportedly so harsh in his treatment to the actors and actresses, that Amy Adams cried nearly every day on set.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
The $10,000,000 that Richie DiMaso repeatedly requests for his operation, adjusted for inflation, would equal $35,729,601.23 in the year 2013 (when the film was released).
The fight scene that takes place in the bedroom between Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence is completely improvised. A version of it had been written in the script, but the actors were struggling to connect with it, so director David O. Russell ultimate
According to Christian Bale much of the movie was improvised. So, during the shooting of the film he noted to David O. Russell, "You realize that this is going to change the plot greatly down track." To which the director replied, "Christian, I hate plots
David O. Russell stated that Robert De Niro didn't recognize Christian Bale on the set even after they were introduced to each other. De Niro pulled Russell aside, pointed to Bale and asked who he was. First De Niro didn't believe it was Bale but after Ru
Christian Bale was cast in the lead role but due to scheduling conflicts he dropped out and was replaced by Bradley Cooper with Jeremy Renner taking over Cooper's old role. After Bale's schedule cleared up he rejoined the project in the same role while Co
The infant that Jeremy Renner kisses on the hands while greeting people as the Mayor on the streets of Camden is a special cameo of Renner's newborn baby girl, Ava Berlin Renner, who was born during production. The woman holding Ava in the same scene is A
Several friends and colleagues of the late Angelo Errichetti ("Carmine Polito" in the film) specifically praised Jeremy Renner's nuanced performance, claiming he had "virtually cloned" the looks and mannerisms of Errichetti. In dramatic scenes in particul
The opening hair-comb over and hairpiece gluing sequence was not in the early script but was an idea of the production's lead hairstylist Kathrine Gordon. David O. Russell liked the idea that it was incorporated later into the script. Gordon and Christian
Jeremy Renner's "Carmine Polito" role is based on the real-life Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Angelo Errichetti, who was snared in the Abscam scandal and served three years in prison on bribery charges. He died at age 84, in May 2013, only a few months bef
David O. Russell was excited to work with Jeremy Renner in the role of Carmine after seeing Renner's performance on Saturday Night Live (1975). Russell stated he was particularly impressed by Renner's humor and risk-taking on the show, which contributed t
Filming of this movie was delayed on 19 April 2013, when the city was in lock-down after the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon. Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Amy Adams went to hospitals in the greater Boston area to visit with v
This is the fourth time Christian Bale has undergone an incredible body transformation and the second time he has done so in a David O. Russell film. The first was in The Machinist (2004) (for which he became extremely skinny, losing 63 pounds). Then Resc
In the scene where Irving confronts Rosalyln about Pete (Rosalyn's new mobster boyfriend) putting a canvas bag over his head he employs his tactic of saying "no" to manipulate people. It is subtle in this scene, and occurs when Rosalyn states that she wan
At the time of the film's release, each of the principal cast members were involved in a superhero franchise. Christian Bale played Batman in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, Amy Adams played Lois Lane in Man of Steel (2013), Jeremy Renner played
This is the second consecutive film directed by David O. Russell (following Silver Linings Playbook (2012)) to be nominated for Academy Awards in all four acting categories and all five major categories (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay)
David O. Russell developed and expanded the role of Rosalyn Rosenfeld specifically for Jennifer Lawrence, who drew inspiration as well as the accent for the character from watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009). Rosalyn is based on Cynthia Mari
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson came up with a specific wardrobe scheme for Amy Adams. To subtly show Sydney's emotion and physical vulnerability, he deliberately made her clothing close-fitting, with no bras. For scenes where Sydney shows her supreme
In the early 1980s, French director Louis Malle was preparing a film of the Abscam story called Moon Over Miami, from a script Malle had written with John Guare. Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi were set to star, with Belushi playing a conman and Aykroyd play
Rosalyn, after destroying her husband's microwave, or "science oven," by putting "metal" in the oven (tin foil), justifies her mistake by quoting an article purportedly written by Paul Brodeur, that she claims says that microwave ovens destroy nutrients i
The American term "hustle" has no direct translation in many other languages. The studio approved the alternative titles American Bluff in France, American Dream in Israel, American Scandal in Argentina, American Sting in Portugal, and American Scam in Qu
Jennifer Lawrence's penchant for snacking on Doritos chips on set caused her to stain and nearly ruin several dresses. The wardrobe department compensated by making several duplicate dresses for her to use throughout the production so she would always hav
American Hustle (2013) reunites the following actors who have collaborated with David O. Russell before: Christian Bale and Amy Adams for The Fighter (2010); Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Paul Herman and Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook (20
David O. Russell initially shot Rosalyn's housecleaning scene to her singing "Evil Ways" by Santana, but decided at the last minute after shooting it that the scene would go better with Paul McCartney and Wings' title song from Live and Let Die (1973). Ac
Once, while a guest on British talk show host Stephen Merchant's show, the comedian Louis C.K. joked about the students in the audience on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) who ask famous actors for career advice: "It always occurs to me, you know, when an
In keeping with the themes of the film, "Duke Ellington Live at Newport", the record over which Irving and Sydney first bond, was largely a fake live album; more than half of the original LP had been re-recorded in the studio, as record producer George Av
This is the third movie to be nominated for Oscars in all four acting categories without winning in any of them. The other two are My Man Godfrey (1936) and Sunset Boulevard (1950).
This is Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro's third film together. Previously, they starred in Limitless (2011) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012). They will also be starring in the upcoming film Joy (2015). Jennifer Lawrence has also costarred in all of th
Among emails of the Sony hack in 2014 were emails, which revealed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence made less money for their performances in this film than their male co-stars Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale, despite of equivalent time of appearance
All five top billing stars have also starred in superhero movies; Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012); Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and
According to Louis C.K., the ice fishing story his character tells throughout the film was improvised on the set. An ending to the story was invented, but cut from the final film. C.K. disclosed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) that the ending to
Carmine Polito - played by Jeremy Renner - is sentenced to 18 months in prison for the bribery charges. The real life figure, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Angelo Errichetti was also convicted but served three years in prison (a lot more than Renner's
The fight scene that takes place in the bedroom between Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence is completely improvised. A version of it had been written in the script, but the actors were struggling to connect with it, so director David O. Russell ultimately decided to allow them to say what they wanted.
According to Christian Bale much of the movie was improvised. So, during the shooting of the film he noted to David O. Russell, "You realize that this is going to change the plot greatly down track." To which the director replied, "Christian, I hate plots. I am all about characters, that's it."
David O. Russell stated that Robert De Niro didn't recognize Christian Bale on the set even after they were introduced to each other. De Niro pulled Russell aside, pointed to Bale and asked who he was. First De Niro didn't believe it was Bale but after Russell convinced him of that De Niro noted, 'Wow, he looks really different", and nodded his head as a sign of approval. Russell then had to re-introduce the two now that De Niro knew who Bale was.
Christian Bale was cast in the lead role but due to scheduling conflicts he dropped out and was replaced by Bradley Cooper with Jeremy Renner taking over Cooper's old role. After Bale's schedule cleared up he rejoined the project in the same role while Cooper reverted to playing the FBI agent and David O. Russell wrote the character of Carmine Polito for Renner.
The infant that Jeremy Renner kisses on the hands while greeting people as the Mayor on the streets of Camden is a special cameo of Renner's newborn baby girl, Ava Berlin Renner, who was born during production. The woman holding Ava in the same scene is Ava's mother/Renner's girlfriend, Sonni Pacheco. David O. Russell asked Renner's mother to cameo in the scene as well, but she declined the offer. Sonni and Ava can be seen briefly in both the movie and in the first theatrical trailer for the film.
Several friends and colleagues of the late Angelo Errichetti ("Carmine Polito" in the film) specifically praised Jeremy Renner's nuanced performance, claiming he had "virtually cloned" the looks and mannerisms of Errichetti. In dramatic scenes in particular, Renner's portrayal and energy were allegedly so akin that he "made Ange feel alive again" on screen.
The opening hair-comb over and hairpiece gluing sequence was not in the early script but was an idea of the production's lead hairstylist Kathrine Gordon. David O. Russell liked the idea that it was incorporated later into the script. Gordon and Christian Bale would rehearse days before filming the scene.
Jeremy Renner's "Carmine Polito" role is based on the real-life Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Angelo Errichetti, who was snared in the Abscam scandal and served three years in prison on bribery charges. He died at age 84, in May 2013, only a few months before American Hustle (2013) was released.
David O. Russell was excited to work with Jeremy Renner in the role of Carmine after seeing Renner's performance on Saturday Night Live (1975). Russell stated he was particularly impressed by Renner's humor and risk-taking on the show, which contributed to his confidence in Renner's ability to break his "type" as an action hero.
In the scene where Irving confronts Rosalyln about Pete (Rosalyn's new mobster boyfriend) putting a canvas bag over his head he employs his tactic of saying "no" to manipulate people. It is subtle in this scene, and occurs when Rosalyn states that she wants to go to Miami. This is consistent with Irving's goals, however he begins to throw Rosalyn's packed clothes back into the closet to make her more determined than ever to finally leave.
This is the fourth time Christian Bale has undergone an incredible body transformation and the second time he has done so in a David O. Russell film. The first was in The Machinist (2004) (for which he became extremely skinny, losing 63 pounds). Then Rescue Dawn (2006) (lost 55 pounds) and The Fighter (2010) (lost 30 pounds). To achieve the physical traits of his character, he gained over 40 pounds, got a comb-over and slouched his posture and ended up herniating two of his disks in the process.
Filming of this movie was delayed on 19 April 2013, when the city was in lock-down after the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon. Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Amy Adams went to hospitals in the greater Boston area to visit with victims of the attack.
This is the second consecutive film directed by David O. Russell (following Silver Linings Playbook (2012)) to be nominated for Academy Awards in all four acting categories and all five major categories (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay). Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper were nominated on both films each, for best actor and actress respectively on Silver Linings Playbook and best supporting actor and actress on American Hustle.
At the time of the film's release, each of the principal cast members were involved in a superhero franchise. Christian Bale played Batman in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, Amy Adams played Lois Lane in Man of Steel (2013), Jeremy Renner played Hawkeye in Marvel's Avengers Saga, Jennifer Lawrence played young Mystique in X-Men: First Class (2011) and Bradley Cooper voiced Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson came up with a specific wardrobe scheme for Amy Adams. To subtly show Sydney's emotion and physical vulnerability, he deliberately made her clothing close-fitting, with no bras. For scenes where Sydney shows her supreme confidence in the con job, he used plenty of Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses. He also got unprecedented access to Halston's entire 1970s dress collection.
David O. Russell developed and expanded the role of Rosalyn Rosenfeld specifically for Jennifer Lawrence, who drew inspiration as well as the accent for the character from watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009). Rosalyn is based on Cynthia Marie Weinberg, the wife of Melvin Weinberg (who was the basis for Irving Rosenfeld).
Rosalyn, after destroying her husband's microwave, or "science oven," by putting "metal" in the oven (tin foil), justifies her mistake by quoting an article purportedly written by Paul Brodeur, that she claims says that microwave ovens destroy nutrients in food. Paul Brodeur subsequently denied this in a submission to The Huffington Post in January 2014, but he didn't reveal that he was quoted in People Magazine in 1978 as claiming that microwaves were "zapping" the American public! The producer refused to respond to Brodeur's complaint about the reference to him.
In the early 1980s, French director Louis Malle was preparing a film of the Abscam story called Moon Over Miami, from a script Malle had written with John Guare. Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi were set to star, with Belushi playing a conman and Aykroyd playing an FBI agent. Belushi's death in March 1982 scuttled plans for the film.
The American term "hustle" has no direct translation in many other languages. The studio approved the alternative titles American Bluff in France, American Dream in Israel, American Scandal in Argentina, American Sting in Portugal, and American Scam in Quebec.
Once, while a guest on British talk show host Stephen Merchant's show, the comedian Louis C.K. joked about the students in the audience on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) who ask famous actors for career advice: "It always occurs to me, you know, when an actor stands up - one of the people in the audience - 'I am an actor, what can I do' and asks Sean Penn or whoever 'what can I do to reach your level,' you just want to say 'you will never be famous!'" Louis costarred in this film with Bradley Cooper, who was not only one of those Actors Studio students in the audience in several episodes (including one featuring Robert De Niro, who was also in the film) but also specifically one of the students who asked Penn a question during his episode.
Jennifer Lawrence's penchant for snacking on Doritos chips on set caused her to stain and nearly ruin several dresses. The wardrobe department compensated by making several duplicate dresses for her to use throughout the production so she would always have a clean one to wear.
American Hustle (2013) reunites the following actors who have collaborated with David O. Russell before: Christian Bale and Amy Adams for The Fighter (2010); Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Paul Herman and Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
David O. Russell initially shot Rosalyn's housecleaning scene to her singing "Evil Ways" by Santana, but decided at the last minute after shooting it that the scene would go better with Paul McCartney and Wings' title song from Live and Let Die (1973). According to actress Colleen Camp, she helped Russell secure the rights to use the song on the soundtrack from her longtime friend, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli within half an hour. Camp performed the clearance over phone calls from California to London while she was in the hospital receiving treatment for a blood clot in her knee. After contacting Russell (who was on location in Boston) that permission was granted, he immediately re-shot the scene with Jennifer Lawrence and Danny Corbo & Sonny Corbo, and cut it into the final film. Both finished versions of the scene are available to watch on DVD and Blu-Ray. "Evil Ways" was ultimately used at the Camden City Hall gala when Rosalyn approaches the mobsters.
In keeping with the themes of the film, "Duke Ellington Live at Newport", the record over which Irving and Sydney first bond, was largely a fake live album; more than half of the original LP had been re-recorded in the studio, as record producer George Avakian wasn't happy with the live recordings from the Newport Jazz Festival. This didn't become public knowledge until 1996, and the full live performance was finally released in 1999. Ellington hated the idea of doctoring his Newport live recordings, walked out on one of the sessions where the studio inserts were recorded, and refused to work with Avakian again.
Among emails of the Sony hack in 2014 were emails, which revealed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence made less money for their performances in this film than their male co-stars Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale, despite of equivalent time of appearance in the film, significance of their characters to the storyline and overall similar status of fame and popularity among fans.
This is Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro's third film together. Previously, they starred in Limitless (2011) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012). They will also be starring in the upcoming film Joy (2015). Jennifer Lawrence has also costarred in all of those except Limitless (2011). David O. Russell directed the three films with Jennifer Lawrence.
All five top billing stars have also starred in superhero movies; Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012); Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017); Amy Adams as Lois Lane in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016); Jenifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique in X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016); and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeyes in Thor (2009), The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). Also, Michael Pena played Louis in Ant-Man (2015).
The Boston Marathon bombing as depicted in Patriots Day (2016) occurred during production, with the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev halting location shooting in Boston for a day. Bradley Cooper made hospital visits to the victims including Jeff Bauman, and praised the city's swift emergency response in a later interview to Ryan Seacrest.
Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence are distant cousins, they have the same grandfather four and five times removed.
All five members of the main cast have played comic book characters in recent movies.
Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper third film together.
According to Louis C.K., the ice fishing story his character tells throughout the film was improvised on the set. An ending to the story was invented, but cut from the final film. C.K. disclosed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) that the ending to the story is that his character's brother defecated on the ice.
Carmine Polito - played by Jeremy Renner - is sentenced to 18 months in prison for the bribery charges. The real life figure, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Angelo Errichetti was also convicted but served three years in prison (a lot more than Renner's character).