Exclusive - David O. Russell Extended Interview Pt. 2

  • Aired:  February 19, 2014
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In this exclusive, unedited interview, "American Hustle" director David O. Russell reveals the secret to making a successful character-based movie. (2:25)

>> Jon: THIS IS THE -- SHOW THEWAY YOU WORK. THE PICTURE OFDAVID DIRECTING.

[ LAUGHTER ]SO THIS -- YOU LOOK LIKE YOU ARE

CHAPERONING A TERRIBLEDATE.

[ LAUGHTER ]YOU ARE THE DIRECTOR AND YOU

LOOK LIKE THEY ARE SMUGGLING YOUINTO TIJUANA.

TELL ME WHAT THAT IS.

[ LAUGHTER ]WHAT IS HAPPENING?

>> I LIKE TO BE VERY CLOSE TOTHE ACTORS.

I DON'T LIKE TO SIT AT WHAT ISCALLED VIDEO VILLAGE.

ON MANY MOVIE SETS THERE'S VIDEOVILLAGE OFTEN 100 YARDS OR MORE

AWAY FROM THE SET. I LIKE TO BECLOSE TO THEM.

I LIKE THEM TO FEEL ME AND ME TOFEEL THEM.

TAKE IT EASY.

[LAUGHTER]I LIKE TO SHOOT WITH A SMALLCAMERA SO

I CAN BE THERE, A SMALL MONITOR.JENNIFER GOT USED TO IT ANDLIKED IT.

THAT IS JACK HOUSTON SITTINGWITH HER WHO PLAYS THE MAN WHO

ROMANCES HER.

THAT WAS THE SCENE WE WERESHOOTING.

IT'S GREAT WHEN I HAVE ANINTUITIVE CONNECTION WITHTHESE ACTORS.

THEY INSPIRE ME TO WRITE ROLESFOR THEM.

I WROTE FOR JENNIFER, BRADLEYCHRISTIAN AND AMY.

I TALKED TO THEM AND SAID LET'SCREATE A ROLE WORTHY OF YOU

LAYING IT ALL ON THE TABLE.

I'M PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THEIRFRIENDSHIP TO WRITE FOR THEM.

>> Jon: IT SEEMS TO BRING OUTA SPONTANEITY AND --

>> ALIVENESS.

>> Jon: AND A PASSION.

EACH SCENE YOU GET A CRACKLE INTHERE.

>> WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THECOMMERCE OF IT.

I RESPECT THAT ENORMOUSLY.

THE LANDING STRIP DOESN'T GETBIGGER.

THIS IS ALWAYS THE LANDING STRIPFOR A CHARACTER-BASED MOVIE.

I LOVE THE FACT THAT THEAUDIENCE MEMBERS FEEL IT.

I ASK MY WORKING CLASS FAMILYMEMBERS, THOSE ARE THE AUDIENCESI'M REALLY PLAYING TO, AND GOPAST THE CRITICS

TO THEM AND GO WHAT DO YOUTHINK.

I'M SCARED WHAT COUSIN BUNNYGOING IS GOING TO SAY.

>> Jon: WHO ISN'T SCARED OFCOUSIN BUNNY?

>> SHE'S AWONDERFUL PERSON.

THEY SAY IT WENT BY IN 15MINUTES I'LL TAKE THAT.

>> Jon: IT'S WONDERFUL.

>> THANK YOU, JON FOR HAVING ME.

>> Jon: THREE IN A ROW AREMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT.

AMERICAN HUSTLES IN THE THEATERSNOW, DAVID O. RUSSELL

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