Transcript for 'American Hustle' Director: 'Women Are Smarter Than Men'
It's opened up nationwide today. But "american hustle" has seven golden globe nominations, including two for the man to my left, david o. Russell. The man who wrote and directed. We were talking about my trip with robin to rome when we met the pope. And what a magical thing it was to do. Extremely magical. You were just telling me about -- we were just in rome, releasing -- introducing the film there. And I got to meet a great italian director who worked for fellini. And I felt right at home there. It felt electric. And the billboards are splashed all over the city. It's nice. Yeah. Interestingly, a golden globe nomination for the picture for best comedy. I wanted your take on the nomination. I make films about people. I would say I try for what duke ellington called, beyond category. I would never call "the fighter" a boxing movie. Or "silver linings" a comedy. It's funny. It's heartbreaking. It's emotional. It's all those things. They can put it wherever they need to put it for people to come to see it. One called it a relationship comedy, a period piece and a satire. "It's a wonderful life" one of my favorite films, has a huge noir section. And romance. You came here this summer and we talked about the theme of reinvention. And this continues, you just mentioned, "the fighter" and "silver linings playbook" a trilogy. What's important to you? It's important for anybody who faced struggles. You have to reinvent yourself and faith and passion, in romance. That was the romance in "silver linings" and "the fighter." This has that with christian bale and amy adams and jennifer lawrence with bradley cooper, as well. I want to look at a bunch of them. Take a look. He got the bureau to front $2 million for two days. We have the account. We meaning you and him? Yeah, we did it. Him? Yeah, me and that guy. She showed me. You showed him? Our thing? You did that without me? What are you going to do? Do you blame me? You just mentioned, as you were watching, strong woman characters are everything to you. Amy was here. What about her character? Jennifer, as well. She's smart. I think she's smarter. I always say her character is the smartest person in the room. I don't mean to betray my sex. But I think women are smarter in men. They think in ways that men don't think. I love the way women mystify men and are ahead of them in many scenes. It started with melissa leo and the sisters in "the fighter." And continued with "silver lining." We talked with the actors. Jennifer, amy, christian and bradley. They all talk about variations of what it is to work with you. And they use ideas like collaborate. There's a collective effort. That it's athletic. What is it to you to work with these actors? The trust of my actors is everything to me. We kind o have the all-star team from "the fighter," minus -- you can't have everybody. I wish we had mark wallburg from "the fighter" and "silver linings." Their trust is everything. I go to their homes and I write for them. I aspire to create a role that's worthy of them. I have to deliver a role that has a huge heart. I want to see amy as raw as she's ever been and as glamorous as she's ever been. And as romantic. I want to see jennifer the same way. I want to give them every opportunity to show every emotion. We see a little bit of that in opera. There's a little opera that's very emotional. Defying description makes a movie hard to describe. But, boy, does it make a great, great film. "American hustle" is it. I brought you the soundtrack. David o. Russell. And again, "american hustle" opens nationwide today. Don't miss it.
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