Not everyone hates David O. Russell

David-O-RussellImage Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.comIt’s unfortunate for director David O. Russell that when many people hear his name, the first things they think of are his butting heads with George Clooney on Three Kings and his surreal NSFW rant during the making of I Heart Huckabees. Russell’s resume is dotted with eclectic, interesting films like Flirting With Disaster, but his reputation for being difficult nearly derailed his career. Apparently, though, not everyone who works with Russell regrets it. Three Kings‘ star Mark Wahlberg rescued the director from near-oblivion to direct this December’s The Fighter, and Wahlberg’s Three Kings costar, Ice Cube, is currently in talks with Russell about launching an R-rated Dirty Harry-type action franchise, according to Deadline. Considering the verbal arrows that have been exchanged between Russell and Clooney over the years, I don’t think we can expect the third king from that 1999 Desert Storm drama to get back in the Russell business, but it’s nice to know there’s more to Russell than the man who berated Lily Tomlin.

Do you consider yourself of fan of Russell’s movies? Does his name on a film have any impact on your decision to see a film or not? Are you excited to see what he and Wahlberg have done with The Fighter?


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  • The Jackal

    He’s not yelling at me or calling me names, so why would I care how he gets along with his actors or why that would impact on any of his movies. I choose a movie on how good it looks, not on a director’s personality.

  • Elaine bennes

    Couldn’t care less about his rifts with actors. He might be right for all we know…

  • DW

    He seems like a terrible person, but I’ll still see his films if they interest me.

  • Bobby

    If you have to get a point across by screaming and cussing at someone, you don’t deserve respect or to have your point get recognized.

  • Amanda Kiwinerd

    He’s a jackass

  • Mr. Holloway

    Yeah, he seems like an a$$, but I think “Three Kings” is excellent, and Wahlberg has done some of his best work under Russell’s direction (Wahlberg’s my favorite thing in “I Heart Huckabees”.)

  • Brian

    I love “Flirting with Disaster” but find his other movies pretentious and boring.

    • Keil Shults

      Three Kings is hardly pretentious and certainly not boring.

      In fact, the same could easily be said for Flirting With Disaster.

  • David

    I’m assuming Nailed is never going to see the light of day?

  • llevinso

    I’d seriously never heard about any of this stuff until now. Huh. But I do really like his movies. Sounds like he’s a jerk though.

  • K

    I wouldn’t want to work with him, but they know what they’re getting into so if they are cool with it, then they should do it. But I definitely have more respect for directors who work well with actors and the crew.

  • rerun

    Loved “Three Kings” and looking forward to “The Fighter.”

  • Clete

    Never heard of him, but he sounds like a first class prick. It sounds like he has two classes of people. People who hate him like poison and others who just hate him. I think this is wrong. We should all just hate him.

  • Kate

    Loved Three Kings, hated I Heart Huckabee with every fibre of my being. If he’s a jerk making interesting movies, I’m ashamed to say I’ll see them. But he’s far from an auteur in my mind; I’ll only see either of these if the reviews indicate it’s more Three Kings than pretentious quirk.

  • kristine

    ALL artists have some kind of attitude problem. its part of the package.

    Christian Bale excluded! :p

  • Keil Shults

    Imagine having your worst moments caught on tape and broadcast for the world to see without your permission. I’m not excusing the guy’s behavior, and I certainly don’t condone it, but it definitely doesn’t put me off seeing his movies.

    Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, and Repulsion are still three of my all-time favorite movies, despite what their director, Roman Polanski, has done off-screen. I do recognize that some people might not want to donate their money to films made by people who are pricks, racists, rapists, and so on, but at the end of the day, I’m a cinephile. If I really want to see how a film turned out, I’m going to watch it. If I’m dying to see it, I’m probably going to pay for the ticket. Besides, as people mentioned earlier, these actors and crew members are choosing to continue working with these men, so why should I feel bad about seeing the fruit of their labors? I will say, however, that I am less enthusiastic toward Russell in general, partly because of his blow-ups and partly because he hasn’t released a film in years. Now if The Fighter comes out and it’s unbelievably brilliant (which I doubt), and I feel he’s deserving of the Best Director Oscar, I’ll quietly hope it goes to him. But until that day I’ll just hang back and pray that Paul Thomas Anderson never does anything bad in the public eye. I’m not sure I could handle the internal conflict it would generate within me.

    • JScout

      “Pricks, racists, and so on” are one thing. Despite their horrible characters, they are at least not doing anything illegal. But a rapist if not the same. He raped (including sodomy) a 13 year old girl who he drugged first. Roman Polanski is not just a prick, he is a sick criminal. No one, not one single person, should ever see one of his movies, no matter the ‘quality’ of the work.

      I tend to agree with you about not paying attention to the personal foibles of actors/writers/directors. I still see those movies if I’m interested.

      But rape, especially of a child, is not the same.

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