For the upcoming film “American Hustle,” Bradley Cooper looks quite different from the way the public usually sees him. This 1970s era FBI drama inspired by the true story of the infamous Abscam scandal allows him to showcase not only his acting skills, but also his new period look, which is specifically crafted for the project. Here, he wears a striking perm that showcases really tight and tacky curls.
The Curly-haired Cooper
Spotted a couple of times with a head full of pink hair rollers on set, the former “Sexiest Man Alive” reveals a coiffed hairdo that comes along with his vintage wardrobe, including a vintage camel coat and aviator glasses. Getting mixed reactions while donning the permed look, his hairstyle seems like a mix of ‘N Sync-era Justin Timberlake and every-era Dustin Diamond.
His Role as Jimmy Boyle
In the film, Cooper plays the role of James “Jimmy” Boyle, an FBI mastermind agent who recruits a famed con artist and his partner in crime for the Abscam sting operation. The determined operative busts this scamming duo, then he convinces them to get involved in the operation as his informants. By forcing these two enlisted criminals for the job, he is able turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and dirty politicians.
Like the rest of the major characters in the project, Cooper plays a real-life character from the Abscam operation. The said American scandal happened from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. The federal agent who worked on the case exposed a national controversy involving high-profile public officials who were eventually convicted for corruption and bribery.
A Reunion Project Pegged as Another Oscar Hopeful
Cooper reunites with his “Silver Linings Playbook” co-star Jennifer Lawrence, as well as the film’s director David O. Russell, for this historical drama. Like “Linings,” this highly anticipated piece slated for release on December is targeted as another Oscar contender. With an award-winning director and an all-star cast that also includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Robert De Niro, this motion picture clearly intends to go the awards route.
This offering, which originally had a more aggressive title “American Bullshit,” serves as Russell’s first project since the critical and commercial success of “Linings.” Meanwhile, this marks Cooper’s third film with Lawrence. Their sophomore outing together is entitled “Serena,” another period drama set in the 1930s Depression-era North Carolina. The said flm directed by acclaimed director Susanne Bier and based on the novel by Ron Rash is due out in September, which makes it another potential project to get into contention for next year’s Academy Awards.