‘He probably sold his soul to the devil’: Christian Bale, Taylor Swift and Cast of Amsterdam Under Scrutiny For Agreeing to Work with Disgraced Director David O. Russell

David O Russell directed Amsterdam’s first trailer has been released featuring a star-studded cast however Amsterdam resurfaced a dark chapter in Russell’s life. The American filmmaker has a long history of abuse allegations which resurfaced as soon as the trailer came out. The 63-year-old filmmaker is known for making films like The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle, however, this doesn’t hide the allegations he was charged with in the past.

David O Russell
Director David O Russell

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Russell had a string of controversies attached to it ranging from sexual assault allegations from his niece to physical violence and bullying to stars like George Clooney and Amy Adams. However, fans are concerned about why Amsterdam’s star-studded cast agreed to work with the disgraced director.

Dark History of David O. Russell Resurfaced On Internet

David O Russell
David O Russell’s dark history resurfaced on the Internet

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Russell has faced serious allegations in his past however his enormous cast in Amsterdam is having a star-studded cast, making fans wonder why these actors are so keen to work with him.

In a 2000 interview with Playboy, actor Geroge Clooney shared his experience working with the director on 1999’s Three Kings as “the worst experience of [his] life.”Clooney revealed Russell’s abusive behavior towards the members of the crew and extras on set, which led to a physical altercation between the two.  He even shared, “he started banging me on the head with his head,” which didn’t just end there.

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Another big controversy that revolved around Russell was allegedly ‘feeling up’ his transgender niece. In December 2011, Nicole Peloquin, Russell’s then-19-year-old transgender niece, filed allegations about the director shared that he groped her while working out together in a gym. According to his niece, Russell offered “to help… with ab exercises.” Though, Russell admitted touching his niece, however, blamed her for “acting very provocative toward him.”

His serious allegations in the past resurfaced on the Internet with netizens citing:

 

A Brief Note on David O Russell’s Amsterdam

David O Russell directed Amsterdam
David O Russell’s Amsterdam

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Russell directed and wrote Amsterdam an upcoming mystery comedy film based on three friends –two soldiers played by Christian Bale and John David Washington, and a nurse portrayed by Margot Robbie, who become the prime suspects in a murder in the 1930s.

Apart from the lead cast, the movie also stars Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Timothy Olyphant, Andrea Riseborough, Taylor Swift, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alessandro Nivola, Rami Malek, and Robert De Niro.

Amsterdam will be released in cinemas in November 2022.

 

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Priya Sharma
Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is an entertainment niche content writer at Animated Times. A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lucknow, she holds experience in event management too. She has a healthy(?) obsession with the Hallyu culture and is also exploring anime as well. When not working, she indulges herself in binge-watching K-dramas, playing Ukulele, and trying to seek the attention of her cute buddy, Shiro.

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