Yesterday, I requested that you please send me footage of Jake Gyllenhaal and/or Tracy Morgan freaking out on the set of David O. Russell’s new movie Nailed. I also pointed out that the notoriously combative director had already driven James Caan from the set, despite the fact that Caan only had a two day shoot, which isn’t really enough time for anyone to get that deep inside your head (unless the film is directed by psychotherapist Catherine Deane.)

But today, we have news of just what it was that pushed James Caan over the edge.

From IMDB:

Actor James Caan has quit new comedy Nailed after an on-set bust-up with director David O. Russell. The star was hired to join the movie’s South Carolina set for just two days to shoot his role as a U.S. politician who chokes to death on a cookie. But Caan walked off the set on day one, after an argument with Russell. The director reportedly wanted Caan to cough and choke at the same time – but Caan refused, insisting he couldn’t do both.

Haha. It’s the one true test of an actor, like when an apprentice chef has to make the perfect omelet to become king of all the chefs, or whatever. James Caan claiming he can’t cough and choke at the same time sounds like an excuse. If he can play a lead role in Mickey Blue Eyes and not choke to death on his own self-loathing vomit, he can fucking cough while he’s choking. At least on vomit. Maybe it was the cookie that threw him off.

Comments (5)
  1. Fred  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2008 -1

    if y’all are suggesting that Caan was bad in Bottle Rocket by having that image at the top y’all are bigger twats than we thought. Nice headline too.

    • If you actually think that this post is about James Caan’s acting ability, I don’t think we’re the only ones who are superbig twats.

  2. studly roberts  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2008 0

    I thought choking people didn’t cough. They just kind of wheezed softly and made really funny faces.

    Am I right?

    If I am, that shows integrity on Caan’s part. HE WON’T CHOKE LIKE A PHONY!!!!

  3. trevor b.  |   Posted on Apr 24th, 2008 0

    i ditto what studly said, with the caveat that i admit that either coughing-while-choking or not-coughing-while-choking could be an urban legend. i have no fucking clue. but you gotta respect a guy who has principles. sorta. no, wait, you don’t.

  4. bubba  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    well except that it it physically impossible to cough and choke at the same time. impossible, so sue him for not wanting to be a jackass like you.

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