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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 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. Other violent incidents include putting Christopher Nolan in a headlock at a party in 2004 over Jude Law dropping out of Huckabees for The Prestige for the paycheck to cover a divorce settlement. Law would later reverse the decision.


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 nominated for all four acting categories.

Incredibly, he's also appeared As Himself on Gossip Girl, of all shows.


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