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Margot Robbie, Christian Bale on Working with David O Russell in Amsterdam

One of the year’s most anticipated thrillers, Amsterdam, from acclaimed filmmaker and five-time Oscar nominee David O. Russell, has finally made its way onto Disney+ Hotstar. With an epic story that spans eras, the comedic thriller follows three close friends and everyone they meet on their adventure with a fascinating and richly intricate story that brilliantly intertwines historical fact with fiction for a timely, cinematic experience. The film features brilliant performances from an A-list cast led by Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington and the three are joined by celebrities such as Alessandro Nivola, Andrea Riseborough, Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Rock, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Shannon , Mike Myers, Taylor Swift, Timothy Olyphant, Zoë Saldaña, Rami Malek and Robert De Niro.

David O. Russell is known for his unique approach to filmmaking, which brings out the best in the actors he works with. Christian Bale, who plays Burt, a doctor, describes the process Russell follows by saying, “The way David works is not linear. He’s not one of the set. He feels it, lives it, breathes it and talks, throws out suggestions, throws out rules. It’s not really improv because it’s his ideas and his rules, but it’s the ability to not get thrown around and get on with it.

Bale, who goes on to talk about how Russell’s script evolves as they work on the film, says: “There’s his script, which is really good, and some days we might follow it, or David might decide to change everything, or we’ll go maybe back to it, who knows? Or we do every version. I think for ‘American Hustle’ we had like 180 pages of script and we filmed all of them, which is pretty unusual.

Margot Robbie, who plays one of three friends Valerie in Amsterdam, explains what it was like to work with such a different style of filmmaking, saying: “There was no script set in stone, so it’s a strange process when you work with David but he’s incredibly collaborative we spent years talking about the conspiracies and American history he put into the script and art and his experiences and my experiences and who Valerie is and her family etc It was truly a unique and intriguing experience, I loved it.

Russell himself talks about his approach to movies and why he does it the way he does. He explains: “Part of the magic of filmmaking is that you want choices, especially in an epic story and at the end of an epic movie. You get different performances, you get different chemistries, you get different feelings. That’s what we’re all for. Actors are called players because we play with the moments we create and the interactions we create and the world we create.”

Amsterdam is produced by two-time Oscar nominee Arnon Milchan, Matthew Budman, Oscar® winner Anthony Katagas and David O. Russell, with Academy Award nominee Michael Schaefer, Sam Hanson, GRAMMY Award® winner Drake and Adel serving as executive producers.

Amsterdam streams on Disney+ Hotstar.

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