Here’s the Real Con Artist Behind Christian Bale’s ‘American

con artist christian bale american hustleChristian Bale’s epic comb-over in “American Hustle” deserves its own special Oscar, but if you’re curious whether his character’s real-life counterpart had such bad hair — now you can see for yourself!
“60 Minutes” released a 1981 interview with Mel Weinberg, the con artist who was the basis for the Oscar-nominated Bale’s character Irving Rosenfeld.

Weinberg was at the heart of the FBI’s Abscam sting operation in the 1970s that brought down one U.S. senator, six congressman, and a mayor for bribery and corruption.

“Set a crook to catch a crook,” Weinberg told Mike Wallace of the idea behind the operation. “We put the big honey pot out there and all the flies came to us.

Watch the interview below!

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