In American Hustle, Louis C.K. had a small role as Bradley Cooper’s boss whose penny-pinching, by-the-book ways stand in the way of the Abscam sting to nail corrupt politicians. During the course of their increasingly adversarial — and ultimately violent — interactions, C.K.’s mild-mannered bureaucrat spins a family ice-fishing story that he hopes will teach Cooper’s hotheaded agent a lesson. Each time they meet, he unfurls a little bit more of the tale, and Cooper’s character hates himself for actually caring how it ends.
Except he never finds out. We never find out, because C.K. never finished the story. Until now.
On The Tonight Show on Monday night, C.K. explained the story behind the story, which taps into the mad genius that is director David O. Russell. Click below to see how his fish story was supposed to end.