"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!