Christian Bale and David O. Russell met for six years to create new film

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Director David O. Russell and actor Christian Bale met several times a week, off and on, for six years to come up with their latest film, “Amsterdam.”

A Hollywood insider told us of the duo: “For six years [they met] to discuss interesting history tidbits, and how they could be formed into characters.”

The source added that the pair’s powwows went on for so many years, shape-shifting actor Bale went through various physical transformations during the process.

“Christian would go off and shoot films in between, so his breakfasts would change. When he was making ‘Vice,’ he had to eat a ton. They wrote so much that Christian still has cabinets full of different versions of the script.”

This week, the duo showed the finished film to friends at a starry private gathering with guests including Oscar Isaac, Ben Stiller, John C. Reilly, Alexander Payne, Guillermo Del Toro, Gus van Sant, Jeremy Strong, “James Bond” producer Barbara Broccoli and more. 

The screening was at Los Angeles architectural gem the Ross House in Silver Lake. The film will next have a world premiere at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in NYC before opening wide in theaters on Oct. 7.

The movie also stars Margot Robbie and John David Washington, and the “crime epic” follows “three close friends who find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history.”

“Vice” director Adam McKay moderated a Q&A after the screening during which Bale, 48, and Russell, 64, talked about their collaboration, as well as how they closed down Fromin’s Delicatessen in Santa Monica, Calif., many nights when they were inventing their script.

It’s Russell’s first film since the 2015 Jennifer Lawrence movie “Joy.” Bale currently stars in “Thor: Love and Thunder.” He has also starred in Russell’s “American Hustle.”

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