Thursday, 24 April 2008

"I did an endive salad that knocked the critics on their ass"

WENN - 24 April 2008:
Caan Quits Movie After Fight With Director Russell
Actor James Caan has quit new comedy Nailed after an on-set bust-up with director David O. Russell. The star was hired to join the movie's South Carolina set for just two days to shoot his role as a U.S. politician who chokes to death on a cookie. But Caan walked off the set on day one, after an argument with Russell. The director reportedly wanted Caan to cough and choke at the same time - but Caan refused, insisting he couldn't do both. According to Reuters, Russell offered to shoot the scene both ways - but Caan refused and quit. The movie's producer Douglas Wick insists the row was "part of an ongoing creative conversation between the actor and director." It's not the first time Russell has clashed with cast members. George Clooney reportedly punched him on the 1999 set of Three Kings, and Russell was captured on film involved in a screaming row with Lily Tomlin while shooting 2004's I Heart Huckabees.

"That's super, Michael, but I wonder if you could move centre stage on that speech, and then die."
"The left side of the house can't see you at all."
"You want me to stand up and walk to the centre of the stage.. while I'm dying?"
"I know it's awkward, but we'll just have to do it."
"Not with me as Tolstoy."


Kathryn said...

I don't know if you've seen this, but it's priceless:

vanina said...

wow, i'm amazed that guy still has a job! i love how lilly tomlin stays so calm, that's one cool lady.

Kathryn said...

There's another one of David O. Russell getting into it with Lily Tomlin and she's giving it to him right back. I can't believe how difficult of a director he is to work with - he's clearly deranged!