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David Owen Russell (born 1958) is an American film director and screenwriter.He's sometimes notorious for losing his cool during production, particularly during the filming of Three Kings where he nearly got into a brawl with George Clooney, and I ♥ Huckabees, where he got into screaming matches with Lily Tomlin (videos of those ended up online). Of course, he mellowed down later on and received Academy Award nominations for directing The Fighter (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Clooney and Tomlin both stated that they made up with him.So far, three of his actors became Oscar winners for his movies (Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actor and Actress in The Fighter and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook). Interestingly, both Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle were been nominated for all four acting categories.Incredibly, he's also appeared As Himself on Gossip Girl, of all shows.
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