Creator / David O. Russell

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 Heart 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), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Hustle. 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.


Tropes About Him or His Work:

  • Prima Donna Director: Russell could be seen as a real life deconstruction of this trope. With Three Kings, there were stories about him beating up extras (and trying to beat up George Clooney) but the film was acclaimed nonetheless. Come the mediocre reception and box office of I Heart Huckabees, with news about his unstable, abusive personality becoming more viral, it meant that writers were more free to mock him for his actions. However, he seems to have mellowed with age as all his films from The Fighter onwards have no reported incidents, but it's still a major Never Live It Down period for him.
    • Then it was revealed that his temper flared up again during the production of American Hustle, with him grabbing people, screaming at others and was such a Jerkass towards Amy Adams that Christian Bale had to intervene.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Rumor has it that the extra Clooney had to stop him from beating up was a kid.