David O. Russell Chats About Jennifer Lawrence & "American Hustle" in The Hollywood Reporter
The 55-year-old director/screenwriter discussed his upcoming dark comedy and dished on his appreciation for Jennifer Lawrence's lighthearted personality.
Highlights from Mr. Russell's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to visit The Hollywood Reporter!
On his award-winning films:
"It really started when I wrote 'Silver Linings [Playbook]' before 'The Fighter' but couldn't get it financed. That's when things got very clear to me that these pictures were about these characters. I love them, I love their music, I love their heartbreak. I want people to be exhilarated by them by living with them for two hours. Also the women characters were the key, were going to be big, very formidable forces. People can see, ah, this is what he's doing now, this is his thing. The story for me is ancillary to the characters; it's a great engine when it's whether it's boxing or the mental illness in [Robert] De Niro's house. It's a doozy of a predicament. But it's an excuse to be with these characters and be enchanted by them."
On his work with A-Listers:
"[ Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams] are collaborators. They'll trust me and take a chance with me and I will them. So I can show up and, hey Bradley I want you to beat up Louis CK with a telephone. And Jennifer, I want you to think 'Live or Let Die' while wearing cleaning gloves. When we first met her, nobody knew who she was. We couldn't get attention on that movie. Harvey [Weinstein] was like, 'I guess we've got to go slow.' So we limited it. It's the opposite on this picture. The awareness is so intense. But she's fantastic. I can't stop laughing with her and around her."
On his reaction to the Golden Globe nominations:
"We were in the air over London and couldn't find out. I said, 'Listen, we didn't get anything.' That's how you've got to live. Yes, it's a little disappointing but the movie is going to have a life. Fortunately, people did feel the passion, but you never know what's going to happen with any of this. It's just fun to be a part of it. It's fun to aspire to make a film that in any way can be part of it."