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    Review of Out of the Furnace with Q&A with Casey Affleck and Scott Cooper

    In Los Angeles, we're lucky to be able to view screenings geared for voting entertainment industry professionals as part of the Oscar screening series by The Wrap with a Q & A with actors and directors.

    "Out of the Furnace" features an unusual combination of talented actors with Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard In America's rust belt by Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper.

    It is a long 116 minute intense drama with exceptional performances that take you through a roller coaster of tough decisions and realizations.

    During the Q&A, Casey Affleck shared about training his last 6 weeks before shooting with an Olympic trainer. He trained so well at landing punches that Director Scott Cooper thought the stuntmen should get extra stunt pay.

    Cooper revealed that he sought "to find those private almost voyeuristic moments so it doesn't look like they're performing" and on watching Casey Affleck and Christian Bale scenes, "it's exhilarating as it gets."

    Director Scott Cooper describes the ending scene with Christian Bale as the "shot of a man battling his soul and living wit the consequences of violence."

    We're looking forward to seeing who gets nominated for "Out of the Furnace" with other exceptional performances by Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson.

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