We are all well aware that David O. Russell doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to working with actors. We've heard the stories about near fist-fights on the set of Three Kings, and everyone has seen the meltdown during I Heart Huckabees. The latest casualty of Russell's people skills is celebrated actor James Caan, who has officially quit Russell's political comedy, Nailed.

What caused the irreconcilable rift, you might ask? It was all over a cookie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the final straw for Caan was during a scene in which his character is supposed to be choking on a cookie. Russell instructed Caan to cough and choke at the same time during the scene, which Caan thought was impossible for a human being to do both. The two couldn't come to an agreement and Caan left the set never to return. The film's producer got to work on the damage control and was quoted as saying the disagreement was "part of an ongoing creative conversation between the actor and director", and that Russell had been nothing but professional throughout the shoot. Casting for the film had only been finalized last month; with the addition of Catherine Keener, James Marsden, and 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan. Nailed is the story of a waitress (played by Jessica Biel) who is shot in the head with a nail gun. From there, she goes on a bender of irresponsible behavior and wild sexual conquests while battling Washington for better health-care. The story might not sound great on paper, but none of Russell's films ever do. For Russell, it is all in the execution. Caan's role will be immediately re-cast, and shooting will resume as soon as possible. Nailed is expected to arrive in theaters in 2009 -- hopefully, with most of the original cast intact.
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