Wednesday, April 24, 2024

George Clooney: He’s Made Up with “American Hustle” Director David O. Russell


“American Hustle” director David O. Russell once had a string of bad relationships in the film business. Chief among them was George Clooney, who starred in Russell’s excellent (look at it now and see how good it is) “Three Kings.” The pair left the movie more bloodied and bruised than the characters who fought the Gulf War. (There was a reported physical altercation.)

On Tuesday night at the premiere of “Monuments Men” I asked Clooney what he thought of Russell’s recent triple successes– “The Fighter,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “American Hustle.” It’s been quite a happy turnaround since those dark, early days.

Clooney didn’t hesitate to praise Russell. “Look,” he said, “there came a time when I just said to him, Is this going to go on forever? We’ve got to shake hands and let it go.” Clooney, an unofficial world peace ambassador, knows how to be a good diplomat. “We put it behind us,” Clooney said. “And that’s great.”

Whether the pair will ever make a movie again together is unclear, and unnecessary. They made their masterpiece. “Three Kings” really holds up.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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