“I was going to kill him”: Hollywood’s Perfect Gentleman George Clooney Could’ve Ended One Abusive Director’s Life Who Once Assaulted Christopher Nolan

David O'Russel, famous for his abusive behavior, found himself on Clooney's bad side after failing to heed to the actor's warning to calm down

“I was going to kill him”: Hollywood’s Perfect Gentleman George Clooney Could’ve Ended One Abusive Director’s Life Who Once Assaulted Christopher Nolan


  • George Clooney was working with David O'Russel on a film, where O'Russel was being mean to other members of the production.
  • Clooney tried to make it work by telling the director to stop doing that.
  • The director went too far, causing Clooney to vow to never work with him again, but not before acknowledging his talent for filmmaking.
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George Clooney has crafted quite the image for himself in the industry, which usually skewers towards being a gentleman. However, it seems that one project pushed the Ocean’s 11 actor over the edge, to the point where he was ready to kill the director who pushed him to it.

George Clooney
George Clooney

It is rare to hear celebrities talk about genuine disgust and hatred towards each other, but Clooney has proven himself to be quite adept at keeping his personal and professional commitments distinct. However, this particular director is notorious enough to have had this incident repeated with him, in particular when Christian Bale stepped in to prevent the director from scolding Amy Adams on the set of American Hustle.

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George Clooney was ready to ‘kill’ a director

David O'Russel
David O’Russel

Here is how Clooney kept his professional and personal thoughts on the director separate. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the actor revealed his first impressions about the director, which were arguably positive, to say the least. The actor said:

“He’s a weirdo, and he’s hard to talk to, but that’s what makes his writing unique and interesting”

However, while this might be true, Clooney’s sentiments on working with the man took a harsh negative turn when the abusive side of the director began to rear its ugly head in a production that involved Clooney. The actor revealed to Playboy:

“I was trying to make things work, so I went over and put my arm around him. I said, ‘David, it’s a big day. But you can’t shove, push or humiliate people who aren’t allowed to defend themselves. He turned on me and said, ‘Why don’t you just worry about your fucked-up act? You’re being a dick. You want to hit me? You want to hit me? Come on, pussy, hit me.’”

The director seems to have a tough record when it comes to producing films, directly being called out by multiple actors he has worked with, including Clooney.


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George Clooney decided never to work with David O’Russel again

Jodie Foster directed the 2016 George Clooney starrer Money Monster
Jodie Foster directed the 2016 George Clooney starer Money Monster

Despite Clooney keeping his personal and professional life separate, the actor has decided (and kept his word) to never work with O’Russel ever again. However, he has also acknowledged the director for his talent, predicting great things in his future. He said:

“Will I work with David ever again? Absolutely not. Never. Do I think he’s tremendously talented and do I think he should be nominated for Oscars? Yeah.”

George Clooney might have crafted a very calm and easy-going personality for himself, but he is not above standing up to those who might be in the wrong, regardless of their status in the production. It is comforting to see such bad actors as O’Russel being exposed for their wrongdoings, regardless of what it allows them to achieve.


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