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I Heart Huckabees
When it was first announced that George Clooney actually fought director David O. Russell on the set of Three Kings I had to admit to being out of the loop. Why the hell would an actor attack his own director? Well, it turns out that David O. Russell has a very extreme approach to directing, doing all he can to purposely make his actors feel uncomfortable, if not piss them off.
Though I was not fortunate enough to ever catch video of Clooney trading fists with Russell, new deleted footage from I Heart Huckabees has appeared online that show's just what the director does.
Tomlin and Russell Battle on Set of I Heart Huckabees
Before we get to that, I am sure there are some of you have never even heard of the bout between Clooney and Russell. Here is a small snippet from Answers.
The fight began after an extra was having difficulty throwing Ice Cube's character to the ground. After a number of takes, Russell came to the extra and put him through the motions of the action. Many individuals present on the set during the incident state that Russell was simply showing the extra how to convincingly act in the scene. However, Clooney and others thought that Russell had violently thrown the extra to the ground. Clooney recalls: "We were trying to get a shot and then he went berserk. He went nuts on an extra." Clooney approached a frustrated Russell and began scolding him again, coming to the extra's defense. The two began shouting at one another before entering a physical fight. Second assistant director Paul Bernard was so fed up with the experience when the fight broke out that he put down his camera and walked off the set, effectively quitting.
Russel does make great films thanks to his directing style, but that doesn't mean his cast and crew have to take it lying down. Take Lily Tomlin for example. Her comfort zone gets pushed to the limits by Russell on the set of I Heart Huckabees, causing her to turn on bitch-mode. In response, Russell goes absolutely berserk.
Warning, potty mouth ensues:
Pretty insane right? Well, check out David O. Russell's berserker-mode HERE.
I don't know about you, but this director looks like super good times to work with.