He used video equipment to document slums and bad housing conditions, which later became a documentary of Lewiston, Maine.
Anderson Combustible Celluloid David O. Russell enters the room, sits down and kicks his legs up on the table. His little white girly socks poke just above the rim of his sneakers and don't quite cover his legs before his gray slacks begin.
But then they do say great thinkers usually can't dress themselves. And Russell has already moved on to a coffee cup filled with tepid coffee and cream. The film concerns a young activist Jason Schwartzman who signs up with an existential detective agency, run by husband and wife team Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin, but soon finds himself torn between their theories and those of a French nihilist Isabelle Huppert.
Mark Wahlberg joins in, playing a long-suffering firefighter also torn between the two schools of thought. Jude Law plays the smiling, snake-charmer of a PR man at the Huckabees corporation a megastore chain building an outlet on open space prized by Schwartzmanand Naomi Watts plays Law's girlfriend, the company's gorgeous spokesmodel.
Each character goes through some kind of major spiritual, philosophical or existential crisis, which leads him or her to question everything under the sun. The film is packed to the ceiling with rapid-fire jokes, ideas and heated arguments. Russell says his complex movie began many years ago when he saw Rushmore and made it his mission in life to befriend the star of that film, Jason Schwartzman, whom Russell saw as "his brother.
There was no drive to it. After I put it in a drawer, I had a dream of being followed by a detective, but not for criminal reasons. I said, 'that's the story. It's an unlikely friendship, where Mark went to jail and I went to college. It's a very strange coupling, which I find funny and fun. Apparently, these veterans have always wanted to work together but never have.
He was 31 when he starred in that. He asked me to come read the screenplay at his house, which took two days, because he liked to stop and discuss everything. That was just a dream come true for me.
Russell explains that he originally thought of Catherine Deneuve, but couldn't see her playing an odd sex scene in which she has to roll around in the mud with Schwartzman.
Though Huppert eventually had second thoughts as well. It turns out we have fifteen minutes to do it because we're losing the light.
Jason goes, 'OK we gotta go. Isabelle's been in no fewer than 70 movies in France, and she's been naked in half of them. And she goes, 'David, I don't know, this feels vulgar to me.
She agreed just in the nick of time. Then Russell explains the real irony: Twenty years later, they have a sex scene.
The filmmaker says Thurman wouldn't agree with Huppert nihilist approach that everything is meaningless and that once one accepts this, one can discover a certain kind of freedom.
It's a different approach, but Bob Thurman would never start from that place," Russell says. Then he launches into many different mind-boggling ideas, such as Thurman's theory that God probably doesn't exist, and if that's true then "nothing" can't possibly exist either; his words come tumbling out just like a scene from "Huckabees.
Because if everything is everything, and that means there's no such thing as nothing. Because nothing would have to be separate from everything, and how could it be? It would be next to everything, and then it wouldn't be nothing. In other words, forget about the job, your friends, your house, your clothes, and even your opinions and ideas and you'll find your true essence.
If you think, 'This is it; this is the way and I'm not going to step outside of it,' it's a frightened way to be. That's how I get the performances. We let the camera roll.
I don't yell 'cut. And that was liberating for these actors, because they forgot the camera was rolling. I would talk to them, come onto the set while the camera was rolling. They came up with fantastic things.Read the Empire review of I Heart Huckabees. Find out everything you need to know about the film from the world's biggest movie destination.
Two key questions throb at the centre of David O. Directed by David O. Russell.  SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man rubs himself with mud, he rubs a woman's leg with mud (we hear them moaning), they force each other's faces into a mud puddle, they kiss, and we see the man thrusting while standing behind the woman who is lying on her stomach (we see his pants down at his ankles and his bare legs).
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