Jennifer Lawrence is dismissing rumors that she engaged in a screaming match with American Hustle director David O. Russell on the set of his next film, Joy.
“I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey,” said Jennifer Lawrence about the reports.
Jennifer Lawrence has worked with David O. Russell on Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, for which she was nominated for one and won an oscar for the other. Rumors that she is feuding with the director has forced her to take an unprecedented approach for the actress — take to Facebook to discount the rumors.
On Thursday, TMZ reported that an eyewitness alleged that the director screamed at his star in an argument on Tuesday.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 28, 2015
There is some precedent for the rumors. Russell does have a reputation for being aggressive with his actors.
One famous video shows the director screaming at Lily Tomlin on the set of the 2004 film I Heart Huckabees, and Russell and his Three Kings star George Clooney have gone a few rounds in the press and even engaged in a physical altercation on set.
And while there may have been a skirmish between Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russel, the actress is the most bankable star on the planet and has been influential in Russell’s resurgence in Hollywood, so their relationship is one worth salvaging and protecting.
Megan Ellison, head of the production company Annapurna Pictures, also weighed in on the accounts of discord between Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell.
The only thing happening on set between David Russell & Jennifer Lawrence is an extraordinary collaboration. One I'm proud to be a part of.
— Megan Ellison (@meganeellison) February 28, 2015