Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Trailer For The Intern
Robert De Niro goes back to work
Ready For Pez: The Movie?
Sweets going scripted
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Tops The US Box Office
Cruise scales the charts, Vacation gets parked
First Teaser Trailer For Zoolander 2 Arrives
The film will need to be at least three time longer
Channing Tatum Officially Cast As Gambit
His X-deal is finally done
Trailer For The Little Prince Flies Online
Jeff Bridges learns what the fox says
Ian McShane Plays Game of Thrones
In a secret but 'important' role
Live-Action Naruto Developing At Lionsgate
FX man Michael Gracey set to direct
'Rowdy' Roddy Piper 1954-2015
Wrestler-turned-actor dies, aged 61
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
TODAY
New Trailer For The Intern
Robert De Niro goes back to work
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Joy
01 January 2016
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Joy (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Godfather Part II (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Grudge Match (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Last Vegas (2014)
Empire Star Rating
American Hustle (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

De Niro Talks David O. Russell's Latest
'My role is connected to the underworld'

09 April 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

submit to reddit



Robert De Niro's first project with David O. Russell delivered an Oscar nomination and one of his most accomplished performances for some time. The pair obviously struck it off on Silver Linings Playbook, so the news that they are reuniting on Russell's next, a so-far untitled Abscam thriller, is immensely cheering but not a major surprise.

Talking to Empire, De Niro explained that he'll be playing a man immersed unwittingly in the corruption exposed by a late '70s FBI sting. “My character is a guy who comes in and represents the whole gambling thing, trying to help them work it out. Unwittingly, he’s also being used. He’s legitimate, in that he can do casinos, but he’s also connected to the underworld.” So a fixer of sorts? “Right.”

The film follows con man Melvin Weinberg (Christian Bale) who works scams with partner Maxine Gardner (Amy Adams). The pair are busted by FBI agent Jimmy Boyle (Bradley Cooper) and offered a deal: help run a sting that takes in mob criminals and, more intriguingly, crooked politicians.

"It’s the story of how the government prosecutor went after federal politicians", explained the actor. "They were taking bribes to allow the legalisation of gambling in New Jersey." Expect a complex world of sleaze and corruption, in other words. “I’m still learning about it myself," laughed De Niro.

Jennifer Lawrence, Louis CK and Jeremy Renner are also on board for the production which is shooting now, with De Niro rumoured to be joining them in May.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

A Kitbag Full Of Pain & Gain Stills Land
Explosions! Biceps! Guns! Money!
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Black Mass Trailer Breakdown With Director Scott Cooper
Find out what's what with Johnny Depp's take on Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Read Empire's official verdict

Empire Meets Joely Richardson
On Maggie, Arnie and Event Horizon

100 Greatest Movie Characters
The complete list of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

Vote Now For Your Favourite TV Shows
Pick your top five - if you can...

Paul Rudd Is Awesome
Being awesome: from Clueless to Ant-Man

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)