David O. Russell reveals why he recasts the same actors

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 December 2015
Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Hollywood director David O. Russell has revealed why he chooses to work with the same actors so frequently

David O. Russell claims his decision to collaborate with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper on three straight movies is a throwback to Hollywood's past.

The 57-year-old director has worked with the acclaimed duo on 'Silver Linings Playbook', 'American Hustle' and 'Joy' - and he thinks the move has echoes of another era of filmmaking.

David said: "When I look back at some of my favourite collaborations, I look back at William Wyler with Bette Davis, or [George] Cukor with [Katharine Hepburn].

"This is something that is magical and special."

David said his latest effort, 'Joy' - which centres on the story of Joy Mangano, the creator of the Miracle Mop - marks uncharted territory for him as a director.

He told the New York Post newspaper: "I had never done a story with a woman at the center of it. I'd never done a story that was glamorous in the fact that what she was doing wasn't earth-shattering ... but so difficult to accomplish."

In the movie, the central character - played by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence - is a single mother of three children who also works as an inventor and an entrepreneur.

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