One of the most fruitful artistic collaborations in recent years continues.
Jennifer Lawrence, the actress who won an Oscar and was nominated for another for the past two David O. Russell movies (Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle), had been rumored to have engaged in a screaming match with Russell on the set of his next film, Joy. On Facebook, Lawrence put those rumors to rest in classic Lawrencian fashion, beginning with self-deprecation:
The rumors took hold in part because of Russell’s reputation for being aggressive with his actors. A famous video shows the director yelling at Lily Tomlin on the set of the 2004 film I Heart Huckabees, while Russell and his Three Kings star George Clooney have criticized one another in the press and reportedly got into a physical fight onset.
But Lawrence is different; she’s both the biggest star in the world at the moment and at the very center of Russell’s recent return to prominence. It’s a valuable relationship, and one worth patching up, or at least appearing to have patched up. For her part, production company Annapurna Pictures head Megan Ellison has also weighed in:
Joy, in which Lawrence plays Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, is to be released Dec. 25.