I think it’s pretty much a given now that every other
Hunger Games fandom member thinks that David O. Russell is a special kind of person. And that special kind of person is most likely spelled A.S.S.H.O.L.E. But (oh yeah there’s a but, maybe even a butt as well), isn’t that certain kind of quality in a person kind of needed every now and again? Assholes get things done, yep– just like bitches tend to get things done. We may not like ’em as people, but the fruits of their asshole-y/bitchy nature are sometimes our most favoritest things. We just kind of wish we didn’t have to know about their true nature, am I right?
Yeah, hi, I’m taking a different tack on the whole, “David O. Russell compared Jennifer Lawrence’s working on The Hunger Games franchise to the film 12 Years A Slave… he’s horrible person, he must die now, slowly and painfully!” I don’t think so guys, like at all– yes, I think he was in the wrong, but when I read his comments initially, I was probably not as offended as everyone else. Maybe I’m just a wholly insensitive person, or maybe I’m the following kind of person– the kind that complains mercilessly to her friends about work, barely focuses on the good points, and thus my friends think my work life sucks– which sometimes it does. I assume with a modicum of knowledge of the personal lives of David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence, that they are in fact friends as well as colleagues; and therefore I also assume that sometimes their communication takes the form of run-on sentences received through text message, snip-it voice conversations between writing sessions and planning meetings for him, and breaks between shots, makeup applications, and long van rides to locations for her. Their lives are being shared, and through the
sometimes cold, hard, tools of today’s technology, the sharing is quick, shrewd, and laced with the dirty sometimes very unpleasant truths of their working lives. Sure Jennifer Lawrence is being paid a butt load of money, and by butt load I mean millions, sure she’s one of the most coveted and successful actresses to come out of seemingly the woodwork in five years, if that Oscar, that Golden Globe, and those box office numbers don’t prove that I don’t know what will. However, after all that is said and done– none of it doesn’t mean that sometimes her work days suck, fucking ass.
Comparing working for millions of dollars, and being in one of the most successful film franchises of the decade to slavery, was wrong. I think I needed to state that, however what I’m getting as here is this, maybe all the knowledge O. Russell has of her work life on the franchise is negative? Money aside, success aside, physical exhaustion, medical issues, a multitude of bad hair days, having her privacy revoked, these are not fun, happy, totally awesome things. Did she sign up for it? Kind of. Should he not have said those things? You bet your bippy! Am I kind of glad he did though? Yeah. Why? Because it beats hearing about Justin Bieber. What maybe, kinda, sorta offended and shocked me somewhat equally? The expletives, the calls to um well— forms of rape, and the down right naughty things I saw people saying at or to David O. Russell. And he heard you– that’s why he apologized, although many don’t think it was sincere, like at all. Was it really poor timing on his part bringing this can of worms out in the open right smack in the middle of the awards season? Uh huh.
Bottom line: Jennifer Lawrence is going to have a really interesting next few weeks thanks to David O. Russell, and also to David O. Russell– ’cause in my head there are two of him.
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