Thursday, June 03, 2021

I HEART Lily Tomlin

It feels like every few years people (re-)discover the videos from the (toxic) set of "I HEART Huckabees," David O. Russell's 2004 quirky "existential comedy" starring Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman as detectives hired to investigate the meaning of the life of their clients (played by Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts). Usually the videos are shared to make Tomlin look bad -- but this time one has gone viral editing out her part of the dance, homing in on Russell's freaking out and calling her a cunt. 

(Bonus points for inexplicably trying to drag Taylor Swift into the 17-year-old affair.)


For the record: Here's the full version so you can see the unflappable Lily gives as good as she gets!

And here's another one of her moments -- with Dustin!

BTW: When these first surfaced in 2007, this is what Lily had to say about the whole thing

"I love David. There was a lot of pressure in making the movie -- even the way it came out you could see it was a very free-associative, crazy movie, and David was under a tremendous amount of pressure. And he's a very free-form kind of guy anyway."

And then in 2015, Tomlin said she and Russell “made up in just a few hours, and then we had a second fracas. By then, I was, like, stoic in my suffering. But we’ve overcome it. It dissipates and it’s gone.” She added that she was probably overextended with too many projects at the time, and added that the altercation “wasn’t any big deal.”

Russell sounds like a nightmare, yet I still don’t quite understand why strangers on the internet feel the need to be offended by him if even Tomlin isn’t holding a grudge. 


j said...

There are two sides to every story- and making movies is hard work

Fabtastique said...

What an absolutely horrible man …. And well done Lily for keeping her calm and holding her ground.