Basking in the warm — and well-timed — glow of its three wins, including best film, from the New York Film Critics Circle, Sony’s “American Hustle” hosted its Los Angeles premiere Dec. 3 at the Directors Guild of America, where director David O. Russell was joined by Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams, whom he described as the “two of the heartbeats of the movie.”
Renner stayed cool about the early accolades, saying he hopes they help the film gain audience attention, especially for the benefit of what he described as the “Hustle” team.
“That’s how the movie started; that’s how the movie was shot; and that’s how the movie is being promoted. As a team,” Renner said. “David O. Russell has been very vocal to all of us that this is our movie and everyone’s opinion matters.”
Russell maintained that paternal care, if you will, even on the red carpet, when he decided not to speak with the press so as not to keep his team and guests of the screening waiting.
Adams, who arrived a little earlier, walked the press line in a fitted white dress with sheer mesh detail, though nowhere near as revealing as some of the low-cut frocks she dons in the film and depicted in the marketing. Adams noted this character was really the first she has played who displayed overt sexuality.
“With my other characters, it just wasn’t how they defined themselves,” Adams said. “So it wasn’t that I felt trapped by their lack of sexuality, it just wasn’t how they defined themselves.”
That said, Adams noted that she agreed to play the part even before being sent a script, which pal Russell and Eric Warren Singer co-wrote (and received screenwriting honors for as one of the three kudos awarded by the NYFCC).
Also mingling with Russell at the after-party were John Singleton and Eli Roth, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Sony’s Amy Pascal, Jeff Blake and Doug Belgrad.