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Troubled Director's Film Shut Down by SAG

by DeAnn Welker May 12, 2008 3:10 pm

You'd think it wasn't possible, but it's getting even harder to work with David O. Russell. This time SAG is actually stepping in and making actors leave the set.

We've all heard about the difficulties (that's putting it mildly, isn't it?) of working with director David O. Russell: First, he was a jerk to George Clooney, which is crazy since Clooney is the coolest guy on Earth. But, you know, they still made a damn good movie together, so I forgave Russell that one.

But next came his blowup with Lily Tomlin on the set of the not-nearly-as-good I Heart Huckabees. You know what I'm referring to: The YouTube video that some people even thought (hoped?) Clooney had leaked. He denies the claim, of course.

Then James Caan left Nailed over a choking/coughing sequence. (James Brolin replaced him.)

Well, now Nailed is in even more trouble, being shut down by the Screen Actors Guild, but apparently not because of any antics from the maniac that is Russell. It turns out the producers of the film didn't have enough money in its union account to pay its stars, including Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal, so SAG asked its actors to leave, shutting down work. They expect to return next week.

If Russell has proven anything over his years making movies, it's that he can recover from the blows and bad press he's received. He keeps on kicking his way back and even getting people to keep working with him.

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