New York Director David O. Russell was honored by friends Spike Jonze and “Precious” screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, among others, at a Jan. 19 lunch at 21 Club.
“What a lot of people don’t realize is that ‘The Fighter’ is in 3D,” joked Fletcher, as he introduced Russell to a group that included Anthony Edwards, Kyle MacLachlan and screenwriter Stephen Schiff.
“I believe there’s a retrospective for David’s films coming up. But you can see it in two places. I have all his films, so you can see it at my place.”
Jonze presented Russell with a bottle of red. “Actually, I stole it from the bar,” he admitted. “But I’m happy for you David. I love this movie and am so happy that he’s getting this kind of attention.”
Russell offered his gratitude.
“Thank you all for showing up on this rainy day. I’ve never been part of this whole thing before … in the spirit of Micky Ward, never give up,” said the helmer, who also mentioned that he’d never been to 21 before.
The celebration continued later that evening at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, where, in conjunction with Paramount Pictures, five of Russell’s films, including “The Fighter” and “Spanking the Monkey,” were screened as part of a retrospective for the director.