“Out of the Furnace” had its world premiere Saturday night at the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s) on Hollywood Boulevard as part of the AFI Fest.
A Variety reviewer called the made-in-Pittsburgh drama starkly powerful, “a much darker and less audience-friendly package than [Scott] Cooper’s Oscar-winning 2009 debut, ‘Crazy Heart,’ but graced by the same lyrical sense of worn-down American lives.”
Christian Bale and Casey Affleck play brothers and the knockout cast includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Forest Whitaker. It will open everywhere on Dec. 6.
Cooper delivered some high praise from the red carpet: “I personally think it’s Christian’s best performance — it’s very deep and humane and very subtle, nuanced and acting with a lower case “a.” Not histrionics or a capital “A” that so many performances get rewarded for. His is heartbreakingly good.”
A look at some footage from the sold-out gala:
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