Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper Are Ruining the Country in ‘American Hustle’ Clip (Video)

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Christian Bale thinks Bradley Cooper is ruining America by busting corrupt politicians in a new clip from director David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”

Bale plays a con-man, alongside his partner played by Amy Adams, who gets roped into the 1970s ABSCAM scandal by an ambitious FBI agent played by Bradley Cooper.

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“He’s the one ruining America, not me,” Bale tells Adams. “People just got over Watergate and Vietnam, all right? And now you’re going to shit all over politicians again, just because you want to be a big shot and get a promotion.”

Jeremy Renner plays the shady politician being referenced in the Oscar hopeful ,which is being praised for its visual style and strong performances from its entire cast. TheWrap‘s critic Alonso Duralde wrote that the “entire ensemble is a thrill to watch.”