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04.23.2008

Just when you thought this shit couldn't get any better; check it out, it did. Apparently Caan left the shoot because of a cookie: "The trouble started Wednesday on the first of Caan's two days of shooting the role of a U.S. speaker of the house who chokes to death on a cookie. Russell asked him to cough as he choked, but Caan argued that the character couldn't cough and choke to death at the same time.

Russell suggested that they shoot it both ways, but the actor expressed distrust that his version would be considered and left the South Carolina set."


Let's put our cards on the table here, I'd rather be trapped in a room with a rabies-infested Velociraptor than with David O. Russell. Producer Douglas Wick said the discussion was "part of an ongoing creative conversation between the actor and director" and that Russell has behaved professionally throughout the shoot. Oh yeah, I'm sure he has. I'm pretty sure even a T-rex would mind its manners around Jessica Biel.
Extra Tidbit: Seriously; no idea what's with the dinosaur theme in this article.

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9:43PM on 04/23/2008
Fair enough he needs therapy. I was just upset at the VERY negative way he is portrayed for a guy who didn't just spring onto the scene.

Fun Fact:

Lily Tomlin worked with Russell in his sophomore effort "Flirting with Disaster." Yes he treated her like shit, and I'd honestly be surprised if she showed up again in his movies, but she wasn't a stranger.

Fun Fact #2: Mark Wahlberg, personal friend of George Clooney and costar in "Three Kings" also came back for "I Heart
Fair enough he needs therapy. I was just upset at the VERY negative way he is portrayed for a guy who didn't just spring onto the scene.

Fun Fact:

Lily Tomlin worked with Russell in his sophomore effort "Flirting with Disaster." Yes he treated her like shit, and I'd honestly be surprised if she showed up again in his movies, but she wasn't a stranger.

Fun Fact #2: Mark Wahlberg, personal friend of George Clooney and costar in "Three Kings" also came back for "I Heart Huckabees."

David O. Russell is an asshole. I failed to mention that at the outset. The man is an asshole. But he still makes good movies. I'm less upset at his antics, though, than I am at the potential for YouTube to destroy people like that. If David O. Russell is as bad as that clip suggests, people will stop being in his movies. However, he still manages A-list talent, and anyone besides Clooney, Tomlin, and maybe even Dustin Hoffman, seem fair game to be in any future productions of his.
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6:42PM on 04/23/2008

OMG

Did David O' Russell put poor Christopher Nolan in a headlock?
Did David O' Russell put poor Christopher Nolan in a headlock?
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6:27PM on 04/23/2008

Ugh

Come on. He treated Tomlin horribly, Clooney horribly, and now Caan?

It's not about a negative "rap" as a director for me; it's about acting like a human being and not some diva who has a right to treat people in this way.

But even the best directors who we may argue DO have a right to be divas don't behave this way, even when trying to provoke a performance. And if it was an isolated occurrence, maybe it wouldn't be so shocking. This is three times with big names. This person needs
Come on. He treated Tomlin horribly, Clooney horribly, and now Caan?

It's not about a negative "rap" as a director for me; it's about acting like a human being and not some diva who has a right to treat people in this way.

But even the best directors who we may argue DO have a right to be divas don't behave this way, even when trying to provoke a performance. And if it was an isolated occurrence, maybe it wouldn't be so shocking. This is three times with big names. This person needs therapy. Or obscurity.



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1:15PM on 04/23/2008
I'm getting a little P.O.'d that David O. Russell's got this rap, just because that thing got out on YouTube. Lily Tomlin didn't leave the set because of that infamous exchange. The man has made some pretty good movies, and some actors have dared to work with him multiple times. I can understand Caan's side, that maybe he thinks his idea wouldn't fly, and maybe Russell said something that helped reinforce that theory.

By the way, nobody can be as explosive as Russell was with that tirade all
I'm getting a little P.O.'d that David O. Russell's got this rap, just because that thing got out on YouTube. Lily Tomlin didn't leave the set because of that infamous exchange. The man has made some pretty good movies, and some actors have dared to work with him multiple times. I can understand Caan's side, that maybe he thinks his idea wouldn't fly, and maybe Russell said something that helped reinforce that theory.

By the way, nobody can be as explosive as Russell was with that tirade all the time. They will quickly become exhausted and need to stop for air.

And a rabid Velociraptor sounds much worse than dealing with a raging director.
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