Here’s another celebrity who, to fully enjoy their work, I’d rather know nothing about: David O. Russell. Granted, he’s nowhere near Nick Searcy levels of bananas, but there’s mounting evidence to support at least general jerkfaceness. First, there was the supposed fist fight with George Clooney on the set of Three Kings. Then there were those videos of him screaming at Lily Tomlin. Most recently, he made an inane comment about Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games schedule being comparable to slavery. Oh yeah, and there’s that he time he groped his transgender niece.
So, all in all, maybe he’s not the greatest guy. Still, he does make some of the greatest films. That’s why I normally run from interviews like this one. The less I know about the man, the more I like his work. To be fair, nothing in this video is assholish, per se (except maybe finding it inspiring to watch Jennifer Lawrence cry after you’ve ruined the ending of the book she’s reading - that’s a dick move), but I find him totally insufferable. It seems like there are potentially good stories in here (something about eyeliner and a spider), but Russell can’t be bothered to actually tell them well. Quit mumbling, David! And put your goddamn phone away.