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Friday, March 23, 2007

Do NOT Fuck with Lily Tomlin

posted by on March 23 at 12:45 PM

I leapt at the chance to watch these videos—capturing Lily Tomlin and director David O. Russell fighting like maniacs on the set of I Heart Huckabees—when I first saw them hyped on the web last week. But by the time I followed the links, the videos had been removed from YouTube. But now they’re back, and anyone who’s ever wondered what happens when the sublime artistry of Lily Tomlin is subjected to a notoriously flaky director with a temper problem should watch ‘em while they can.

Tomlin vs. Russell over headset:

Tomlin vs. Russell on set:

Update: Following a tip from Slog commenter Monkey, I found Tomlin’s recent discussion of the footage, in which she is embarrassed and forgiving and gracious.

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I watched these last night and just sat there dumbstruck. How Dustin Hoffman was able to just sit there so calmly while Lily Tomlin was going off on her dirty mouth rampage is just a mystery! This is one chick I would NOT want to get in to any kind of altercation with anywhere!

Posted by Kitty | March 23, 2007 12:46 PM

This blog is like an Andrew Sullivan archive sometimes.

Posted by Gabriel | March 23, 2007 12:53 PM

Read the follow up with Lily who recently learned the videos were on youtube. She's so very cool. I would love to meet her.

Posted by monkey | March 23, 2007 12:54 PM

Where is the follow up with Lily Tomlin located? I would love to read anything on the whole situation. It was classic watching whoever that guy was clearing everyone off of the set when Lily and director were going at it.

Posted by Kitty | March 23, 2007 1:00 PM

this has filled my soul with butterflies. god fucking bless you, lilly tomlin! it's like she tiptoed in and read my diary. i feel the exact same way. most of the time.

Posted by adrian! | March 23, 2007 1:05 PM

she is the best. i heart i heart huckabees and i heart lily tomlin. "fuck you motherfucker!"

Posted by josh | March 23, 2007 1:17 PM

If you like these videos, you'll LOVE the guerrilla vid's from '9 to 5'.
Even the bluebirds leave the room.

Posted by kelly | March 23, 2007 1:27 PM

Oops, here's teh article...

I want to see the 9 to 5 vids. I'm convinced Lily and Jane were actually stoned for the pot scene.

Posted by monkey | March 23, 2007 1:35 PM

I posted the link to these in the morning news comments days ago; where's the love?

My fave is in the car when Lily turns to Dustin Hoffman and screams: "SHUT THE F*&K UP!"

Um, Violet honey, could you come back here for a second?

Posted by Original Andrew | March 23, 2007 1:52 PM

If this was really the directors fault then the rest of the cast would have been just as upset. Why is she a hero for being a bitch and not doing her job?

Posted by alto | March 23, 2007 1:54 PM


If you watch the office scene, it's clear that David O Russell is being an abusive asshole. The crew just walks off the set. Lily had the guts to throw it back in his face and refuse to take that s&%t.

Hell, if the movie had included these out-takes it would have done much better at the box office.

monkey @ 8,

The new version of 9 to 5 on DVD, The Sexist, Egotistical, Lying, Hypocritical, Bigot Edition, has a "making of" featurette that clearly shows they were not stoned during the filming of that wonderful yet DARE culture shattering scene. Too bad, huh?

Posted by Original Andrew | March 23, 2007 2:04 PM

(Defamer + Time) x (Schmader - Deadline) = Slog

Posted by Boomer | March 23, 2007 2:22 PM

Boomer's right, the original links appeared on Defamer, but were DEAD DEAD DEAD by the time I got to them.

When I found the vids up n running again under new names, I posted them for others who may have missed them, and acknowledged as much in my post.


Posted by David Schmader | March 23, 2007 2:49 PM

"Oh I've killed the boss, you think they're not going to fire me for a thing like that?"

I need to get the new special edition of 9to5. But I still want to believe they were stoned because come on, around that time both Lily and Jane were big potheads.

Posted by monkey | March 23, 2007 2:55 PM

Remember kids, as Mr. Rogers once said: It takes two "u"s to say fuck you.

Posted by Smarm | March 23, 2007 3:15 PM

Yeah, it's professionals having a tiff. It's like watching a train wreck (or mommy and daddy fighting) more than an entertaining game of one-upmanship. It's cringe inducing, like watching roommates screaming over who keeps eating all the food.


Posted by JMS | March 23, 2007 5:28 PM

I act like that all the time at work. What is the problem? I don't get it....

Posted by Andrew | March 23, 2007 5:34 PM

I love actors.
Reminds me of when De Niro said something like "we get to play and imitate other people in any situation. we just make more money at it."
she had every feeling in that monet and Its amazing we all go man I've done that or my girlfriends done that and I felt just like Hoffman. But I don't have 350 million in savings and
and my scene is like a wonder for the world where they will each pay 7.50 to see.
I always liked her and Hoffman even more so now. She kept it real. and when she saw her anger she toned it down eventually. she's really a cool person.

Posted by DreadLion | March 23, 2007 9:56 PM

You should see Jim Carreys freak outs. He's hilarious.

Posted by DreadLion | March 23, 2007 9:59 PM

The trip is how that girl was cowering in the corner and went out the door like the Devil was after her. I kind of felt sad for a second.
It was almost like a gun went off and she just hit the floor. And Lily was like all Wushu. hope they all kissed and made up. I feel the guys anger to as an artists but wtf. he have to react like that and attack the desk and swoop everything. Is he Bi-Polar. Is he an abuser. hmmmmm. anyway just thinking.

Posted by DreadLion | March 23, 2007 10:05 PM

Where do I sign up for the beta test of the forthcoming DreadLion ignore feature?

Posted by Fanboy | March 24, 2007 8:34 AM

feel free to ignore no ones stopping you except yourself.

Posted by a thousand names | March 24, 2007 9:24 AM

What I love is Isabelle Huppert throughout the first video-- staring off in space, sucking her cheeks in, examining herself in the mirror, etc. Ah, the French.

Posted by Megan | March 24, 2007 1:46 PM

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