Sometimes nice guys finish last with critics. Amy Adams plays Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's DC Extended Universe -- including "Man of Steel," the recent "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and upcoming "Justice League." She talked to Variety about her past directors and future projects, adding that everyone on set is really excited for "Justice League," calling it "a totally different film" than BvS.
Speaking of BvS, though, that film took a beating from critics and fans, with most of the anger aimed squarely at director Zack Snyder.
Adams reacted to the backlash with sympathy for the director as a person, while not quite defending the film itself.
"I just felt for Zack. Zack's like the nicest person ever, and to see him kind of talked about like that was really hard for me, because he's really such a respectful director."
Not like that David O. Russell!
She didn't quite say that, but you can still hear those words -- especially since, in the same interview, she talked again about her difficult experience working with Russell on "American Hustle." She previously admitted she was devastated on set, and the Sony hack scandal revealed that Russell "so abused Amy Adams that Christian Bale got in his face and told him to stop acting like an a---hole." When Christian Bale thinks you've gone too far, you definitely have.So Variety asked Adams if her previous comments meant she is no longer interested in working with Russell. Here's her careful response:
"I'm kind of a never say never kind of person, but not currently. It's just, what it requires of me, it's hard for me to then be the mom I want to be, because I can't give that much energy and emotion. And I'm really invested on set, so it's not as if it's not something I'm interested in doing on other sets, but the way he works just requires a different part of me that I just don't have to give right now."
Russell has five Oscar nominations for directing and writing "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook," and "American Hustle" -- which is certainly not something Snyder can boast -- but by many accounts he sounds like a ... well ... a difficult person. But the industry is fine rewarding bad behavior if the bottom line produces results. Snyder and his fans (including Adams) just hope "Justice League" offers the kind of results that get him off the critical mob's hit list.
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