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Lily Tomlin and David Russell are dignified

A couple of clips of actress Lilly Tomlin and director David O. Russell having a minor disagreement on the set of I Heart Huckabees have found their way onto the internet. The argument leaves a production assistant cowering in the corner and the rest of the cast in silence. NSFW language is littered throughout the videos so cover your ears lest you go to Hell. This might conjure up memories of how George Clooney punched David on the set of Three Kings. And also that pesky story about how he held Batman Begins director Chris Nolan in a headlock until he agreed to free Jude Law from a contract so he could appear in Huckabees.

At a Hollywood party, Mr. Russell, a lean, muscular 46-year-old with dark, lanky hair, runs into Mr. Nolan and — in full view of the party guests — puts him in a headlock. Wrapping his arm around Mr. Nolan’s neck, Mr. Russell demands that his fellow director show artistic solidarity and give up his star in order to save ”Huckabees.”

He’s a winner through and through. Another fantastically awesome clip below.

  • Nicolina

    God, that movie was shite.

  • J

    Loves it! The best part is in the second clip when Naomi Watts starts laugh (obviously holding it in), but Lily hears and says, “That’s RIGHT! FUCK YOU, TOO!” HAHAHA! I love Naomi.

  • rg

    Can you imagine what has happened on other movie sets? I have a feeling that this is tame. Its a wonder someone did not get hit by a stapler or something. If my boss or a co-worker went off on me like that I don’t know what I would have done.

  • Sienna

    It was 110F in L.A. when filming this movie. Add some hot movie lights interior and some black flags surrounding the car exterior (why Lily could not leave the car), and I ask how long you could stand the heat without freaking out.
    I think the movie was f- brilliant. I’ve seen it many times, love it, love the music, love the cast, everything. Sorry for those who don’t get it. Try taking Philosophy 101 and give it another shot!
    .

  • vic

    Sienna

    Try not to be such a moron. Your little philosophy 101 comment just shows what a psuedo intellectual Hollywood pretenious twit you are. Try reading the actual source material instead of the cliffs notes, then maybe you won’t praise a crap movie.

  • Sienna

    Hey Vic,
    What can I say? If only you knew what I know. We’re all entitled to our own opinions. And I still LOVE the movie! Just because I watch Hollywood movies doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other genres. What’s your problem?

  • Nigel

    Actually I was a philosophy minor and still though was pretentious dribble. After what he did with Flirting with Disaster and Three Kings I was expecting a much better experience. The message was not there and it’s obvious that the chemistry on the set was one of the main reasons.

  • amy

    jesus that director was a total a$$…i would have decked him right in the nuts! how dare he talk 2 a woman in that mannor, he was the one being irrational and out of control. sad to see his movie make him money especially when he talks to his actors like that. god only knows what the film crew had to put up with.

  • Johnny Doit

    Sienna — Vic is just a frustrated little wet palmed geek.
    I love the movie too. But Lily seems extremely high maintenance.

  • jacques dee

    Nah, it’s not about Vic’s being anything – it’s about the completely uncalled for condescension of:

    “Sorry for those who don’t get it. Try taking Philosophy 101 and give it another shot!”

    Sienna, dear, it doesn’t make you appear any smarter to call people stupid if they don’t agree with you. It actually just makes you seem kind of… young.

  • Ross G

    My best friend said to me last Halloween as I naively rolled my eyes at his choice of rental (The Ring 2): “Naomi Watts is so good in every movie she’s in.” I now see she rocks in behind-the-scenes footage as well. I love her.

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