Recently, I watched the film I Heart Huckabees. As usual when I enjoy a film I attempt to find out a bit more about it. That is when I first heard about the arguments on set between Lily Tomlin and Director David O Russell. After a few heads up via twitter to check out the videos on YouTube I ended up watching them. I was pretty shocked to see the level of anger and complete meltdown by both Tomlin and Russell. Check out the videos below to see what I am talking about.
Tomlin seems to be the one going crazy in this scene. I was a bit taken aback when I initial saw this. Then I saw this:
I am not sure if Tomlin finally pushed Russell over the edge or Russell was already unhinged to start with. These outbursts got me thinking about a few other rants and on set meltdowns that I had heard about including the legendary Christian Bale melt down.
Yeah I know that is not the actual footage of the Bale meltdown but instead a recreation using the actual dialogue. However it still cracked me up. Don’t get me wrong I think Bale is a great actor but obviously lost his mind for a minute or so on set. I also realize Bale has gone above and beyond to help out those touched by tragedy.
I know we have probably all had days where we sort of lost it and started ranting and raving. Well at least I know I have. Thankfully, I have never had such a meltdown while cameras were running. Whats your take on actors and directors screaming at each other and dropping F-bombs on set? Is this simply the way some people operate or is this atypical behavior? I assume most of us would not be able to conduct ourselves at our day jobs in such a manner without soon ending up unemployed.