David O. Russell is one of the more successful idiosyncratic directors in Hollywood, but he’s got a notoriously bad reputation as a hothead and a perfectionist. Maybe that’s the price of creating amazing and distinctive movies like Three Kings and The Fighter, but sometimes he rubs cast members the wrong way.
Take, for example, what happened on the set of I Heart Huckabees. The movie ended up being one of his most memorable, and it boasted a star-studded list of actors, including Dustin Hoffman, Mark Wahlberg and Jason Schwartzman. However, if you’ve seen this low-res clip of Russell and Lily Tomlin arguing on the set, you know things don’t always go so smoothly.
Here’s hoping his next picture is more pleasant for all involved. It will feature an all-star lineup, including Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. Here’s the synopsis, according to IndieWire:
The Untitled David O. Russell Project is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Renner), who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden.
It sounds intriguing — especially because passionate and volatile describe the director very well.