When Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter) spoke to New York magazine’s Vulture blog at the Tribecca Film Festival and mentioned that he would love to cast Britney Spears in something, the conversation pretty much stayed on Brit Brit throughout the rest of the interview — at least until it ended with David also mentioning he’s a fan of Spears’ “S&M” partner Rihanna! Check out the director admitting to his guilty pleasure for pop stars below.
“I think Britney could be great in a lot of different things, and I’m a huge fan of hers,” Russell told the mag. “And I actually auditioned her for a couple things.” No, his boxing movie The Fighter was not one of them. “She could have played one of [Micky and Dicky's] sisters when she was in her rough period, but not now.”
The director — who does not make it clear how many times he’s seen Crossroads, if at all — also discusses wanting to work with Cher, Jack White and Johnny Depp, but who cares? Britney!
Did you go to any of Britney’s concerts?
I went to the Circus concert.
Was it good?
Yeah. I think she’s a great entertainer.
Do you have her latest album?
You’re just getting me more and more in trouble. Yes, I do. It’s on my iTunes. Yeah, I’m rooting for her.
Favorite song from her album?
Um, is Femme Fatale the title track or is that the name of the album? There are a couple of good tracks; I can’t remember their names, there’s a couple of tracks. I also love Rihanna. I would work with Rihanna in a second. I think Rihanna was hilarious on Saturday Night Live, and I also have Rihanna’s album. And I like Rihanna’s work with Kanye. Maybe we need to add them to that movie. [Laughs.]
As much as we’d love to see both Rihanna and Britney in a David O. Russell movie — hey, he helped turn Mark Wahlberg into a pretty terrific actor, who says he can’t do the same for those two pop stars — we hope somebody gives both ladies fair warning that he’s not so much fun to work with.