David O. Russell’s Directing Fashion Was Jarring, Says Julia Stiles

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, Jennifer Lawrence (left), director David O. Russell (framing), on set, 2012. ph: JoJo Whilden/©Weinstein Company/courtesy Everett Collection

“He always talks all through your take,” the actress stated throughout a current AV Membership interview.

David O. Russell is thought for being a reasonably intense director each when the cameras are rolling, and after they’re not. On the set of “I Heart Huckabees,” he famously tore into Lily Tomlin, who was having identified of it, and in the course of the making of “American Hustle,” Amy Adams informed GQ he made her cry throughout “most days.” Whereas “Silver Linings Playbook” supporting star Julia Stiles hasn’t revealed fairly so extreme an expertise, she did confide in the AV Membership about her time on the set, Russell’s “jarring” directing type, and the truth that he “constantly talks throughout your take,” to irritating however disarming impact. (By way of The Playlist.)

“I don’t really want to get into David O. Russell as a director, but I learned a lot about acting, for better or worse, in terms of how he treats people on set. I’m not condoning that, but I learned a lot from him because he constantly talks throughout your take,” Stiles stated. “He’s talking at you while you’re acting or trying to act. It’s very jarring, but it got me out of my own head. I had no time to censor myself or be really self-conscious because he’s barking at you and you have to obey or listen.”

Stiles added, “As jarring as it is, it got me to not think so much as an actress, I guess. It got me out of my own head.”

Everybody has a narrative about David O. Russell, for higher or worse. At an AFI Fest Q&A following a revival screening of “Flirting with Disaster” again in 2016, Tomlin and Russell shared the stage affectionately, and appeared to have buried the hatchet, regardless of the broadly circulated footage of him calling her a “c**t” and throwing a match.

Russell’s yet-to-be-titled subsequent movie is stirring up a starry solid together with John David Washington, Margot Robbie, Michael B. Jordan, and Christian Bale (who gained a Greatest Supporting Actor Oscar for Russell’s “The Fighter”). Filming is meant to kick off in January. Russell’s final movie to be launched was in 2015: “Joy” starred his “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” muse Jennifer Lawrence.

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