The collaboration between director David O. Russell and actress Jennifer Lawrence seems to be one of the most fruitful ones in recent years. Their work on Silver Linings Playbook led to a Best Actress Oscar award for Lawrence, and singlehandedly restored Russell’s status as one of Hollywood’s most unique filmmakers. They teamed up again for the critically-acclaimed crime caper, American Hustle, proving that there is indeed something to this collaboration. Now, Lawrence and Russell are working together again in Joy, a biopic about Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano. However, rumors started circulating that there is trouble onset between Lawrence and Russell.
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A source told reporters, “He was screaming at her. She was screaming at him. It was loud.” However, a publicist for the film dismissed it as a simple case of method acting. “There was no fight. David is very passionate. He yells lines back at actors. He gets right in the scene with them. This scene was a big argument. Jennifer had a crying baby in her arms. There was a lot of screaming and yelling,” the publicist said. Lawrence herself dismissed the rumors by posting a status update on her Facebook page. “There’s been a terrible rumor going around the last 24 hours so I wanted to clear it up,” Lawrence wrote. “David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship. I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey. This movie is going great and I’m having a blast making it”
Russell is known for his volatile meltdowns on the set of his films, as evidenced by his infamous fight with Lily Tomlin on the set of his existentialist comedy I Heart Huckabees. It was also rumored that he and George Clooney were on bad terms during the filming of Three Kings.
Joy is a Silver Linings Playbook reunion of sorts, with Bradley Cooper and Robert de Niro also being part of the cast.