For years there were rumours that director David O. Russell was extremely difficult to work with (George Clooney reportedly got into a fist fight with him on the set of Three Kings), but it wasn’t until a video turned up online of him screaming at Lily Tomlin on the set of I Heart Huckabees that people finally saw what a nutcase the man truly was. Fortunately for Russell, people are still willing to put aside his tantrums to work with him simply because he is such a gifted filmmaker, but at the rate he’s going, soon there won’t be any actors left in Hollywood that he hasn’t alienated.
Word on the street is that David O. Russell was up to his usual high-strung antics while shooting his latest movie, a political comedy called Nailed. The problem is that one of the actors in the film is tough guy James Caan, and he was not going to take any shit from some hot shot director. Caan actually walked off the set in the middle of filming and officially resigned from the project the next day. Nice!
According to JoBlo, Caan’s publicist has confirmed this with the following statement: “James Caan did amicably part ways with this production due to creative differences”. Amicably? Of course he did. You have to wonder how long Russell will be able to get away with this kind of behaviour for. Perhaps he should look into some anger management classes?