Christian Bale gets a 1970s combover wiglet for ‘Abscam’: hilarious or hardcore?

These are some new photos of Christian Bale and Amy Adams on the set of David O. Russell’s latest film, which is still untitled, but it’s about the 1970s Abscam investigation. Just drink it in. THAT is Christian Bale. The same Christian Bale who almost always signs on to roles where he has to lose a crazy amount of weight so that everybody can talk about how hardcore and Method he is. I guess Christian Bale wanted to change it up a bit this time around. This time, he wanted a donut with sprinkles and some cheesy fries. My favorite parts of these photos: the pitch-perfect costume choices (my father dressed like that well into the 1980s), the NOT-ironic aviator shades and the absolutely amazing combover-wiglet work. BEST SUPPORTING WIGLET!!!!

Christian and the cast are filming this in Massachusetts, it seems. Amy and Christian already worked together on The Fighter, another David O. Russell film, also filmed in Massachusetts. The film is set in the 1970s, obviously, and it’s about the FBI investigation into the bribery of Congressmen and state officials. The investigations brought down sitting Congressmen and it will probably be a really good movie. Jennifer Lawrence will play Christian’s character’s wife. The film also stars Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Louis CK and Alessandro Nivola.

PS… Is it just me or does Amy Adams’ beauty manage to work in literally any time period?

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. boredbrit says:

    Is it bad I still think he’s hot…?

  2. poppy says:

    omg i have to respect him a little now. i’d like to see ben assflack wear hair like that in a film.

    is that the ghost of steve jobs behind him?!?!?!

  3. Kaye says:

    Love him, no matter what. (Team Bale since Newsies.)

  4. Mia 4S says:

    He looks perfect, which I guess says a lot about the 1970s. ;-)

    This movie has the potential to be soooo great. Fingers crossed.

    • Amelia says:

      I completely agree, it sounds like a brilliant cast. Although I’m trying to work out why JLaw is playing Bale’s wife, the age difference is pretty significant. Unless that’s a part of the plot. Meh, she’s playing Bradley Cooper’s wife in Serena and she’s always brilliant.
      That wiglet is pretty damn tragic, but I’ve got to hand it to Bale, I don’t think a lot of actors would be down with fuglifying themselves.

      • Mia 4S says:

        My understanding is that the real life age difference was 8 or 9 years, so they’ve gone overboard but the young wife thing is accurate. If Bale is playing a bit younger and she’s playing a bit older its not terrible.

        I kind of love that the mistress is the older woman. Nice to see that trope reversed.

      • NEENAZEE says:

        He is 17 years older than she is… Hollywood strikes again. Her character in Silver Lining’s Playbook was supposed to be older than B-Coop’s and he’s 16 years older than she is, too. No wonder old men think they should be with young chicks and most women have complexes about everything from their bodies to their wrinkles.

    • Lauly says:

      This is another proof that CB is a great actor, one of the best of his generation.

  5. Abby says:

    eeew no… just no…. and I’m a huge Bale fan.

    Amy looks so hot though.

    I will of course watch this movie. Awful wiglet or not.

  6. allons-y alonso says:

    I love Christian Bale. Always have and always will. Newsies ftw

  7. Hoya_chick says:

    Isn’t Jennifer too young to be believable as his wife?!

  8. GoodCapon says:

    He could pass as the lead singer of BeeGees.

    And yes Kaiser, I agree with Amy Adams. Her looks are very versatile.

  9. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I hope these guys do some filming around Boston though…I’ll be the creeper in the bushes taking pictures!

    PS: Massachusetts made $44M in tax credits due in 2011 due to the film industry. Keep filming here, guys, it’s good for our economy ;)

  10. mkyarwood says:

    This is the best. He is the best. Bale for all time. p.s. my favorite outfit of his is his ‘daddy day off’ one with the under armour shorts and red hat. my dad totally dresses like this, and now my husband is starting to.

  11. mkyarwood says:

    But wait… now I see the ghost of Steve Jobs too. WHAT IS THAT!? Also, Jennifer is my main lady (not really) but she should not be playing anyone’s wife. She doesn’t know how!

  12. serena says:

    Isn’t Jennifer Lawrence too young to play Bale’s wife? ugh

  13. kennedy says:

    AMY ADAMS WILL WIN AN OSCAR, I can feeeeel it!! I mean- Weinstein will be behind this movie right?

    She looks amazing with that shade of auburn and gosh darnit if I don’t love her so much!

  14. JC says:

    Ugly or awful, will contribute a movie ticket for Christian Bale

  15. Shira says:

    Ugh, they better SERIOUSLY dress down JLaw if they want me to believe she’s married to him.
    And Amy… flawless Amy. She really is an angel sent down to earth, isn’t she???

  16. jc126 says:

    Christian Bale is always hardcore, and always awesome.

  17. Jade says:

    I love Amy, she is a classic beauty so she rocks anytime anywhere. As for Bale, I still want him …damn it.

  18. KellyinSeattle says:

    Miss the ’70s…I love to dance around to disco! I do my “bad ass/fun” dance but probably look like Elaine Benes.

  19. Ravensdaughter says:

    The combover has a certain-je ne sais quoi….Definitely consistent with the era.

  20. Ginger says:

    Amy Adams’ look is indeed timeless and she is impeccable. Christian Bale’s look is both hilarious and hardcore. I would expect no less of him. At least it’s a wig and he didn’t actually shave his head…that would be tragic! I love watching him even if his character is crazy looking. I’m looking forward to this film for the amazing cast alone!

  21. Raven says:

    For a second I thought Ryan Gosling dyed his hair brown.

  22. NEENAZEE says:

    Amy Adams looks great and she’s always exciting to watch. Totally underrated, IMO.
    Bale is a fearless actor. I really enjoy him and this wardrobe, hair and make-up reminds me of Sean Penn in Carlito’s Way!! I’m sure he’ll be excellent!