“12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley (L) and director Steve McQueen
*The Wrap is reporting that there is definitely a screenwriting credit beef going on between “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley and director Steve McQueen, both of whom took home Oscars on Sunday night.
During the telecast, many viewers noticed that the two didn’t give each other congratulatory hugs, or even look each other’s way when the other won. Also, neither was thanked, nor even mentioned in the other’s acceptance speech.
Well, according to The Wrap, the bitter feud started when Ridley turned down McQueen’s request for shared screenplay credit.
(L-R) Chris Tucker, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from “Silver Linings Playbook”
*In “Silver Linings Playbook,” Chris Tucker and Bradley Cooper play close friends who meet when they are both patients in a psychiatric hospital.
Cooper’s Pat Solitano, a former schoolteacher, is sent there for eight months as part of a plea bargain. He caught his wife showering with another man and nearly beat the man to death during a violent breakdown.
Upon his release, Pat’s mom Dolores (Jacki Weaver) arrives from Philly to pick him up, only to discover that his friend Danny (Tucker) could also use a ride home. The only problem is – Danny was never actually released.
“My role was a smaller role, but there was so much depth to the character,” Tucker tells us during interviews for the film in New York. “Working with [director] David O’Russell (“The Fighter”), he brings so many things out of you, and he’s right there with you helping you along the way. And the dialogue is so great. It made me look smart, actually.
“This was one of the most important roles I’ve ever done because a lot of people haven’t seen me do dramatic roles a lot. I had a good time doing it.” [Scroll down to watch Tucker in a clip.]
Below, Chris talks more about his character’s relationship with Cooper’s.
(L-R) Actors Jacki Weaver, Robert De Niro, writer and director David O. Russell, actors Bradley Cooper and Chris Tucker attend “Silver Linings Playbook” New York Press Conference at Regency Hotel on November 12, 2012 in New York City
“Silver Linings Playbook” opens in theaters today. Rounding out the cast: Robert DeNiro plays Pat’s Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed father and Jennifer Lawrence plays a woman who falls for Pat after meeting him in the psychiatric hospital. Below, watch Chris Tucker in a clip from the film.
Actor Chris Tucker speaks onstage at “Silver Linings Playbook” Press Conference during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada
*Chris Tucker will be back in theaters this fall in the comedy/drama “Silver Linings Playbook,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month and won the event’s top prize – the People’s Choice award. [Scroll down for the trailer.]
Previous winners of the TIFF’s People’s Choice award include “The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” which both went on to Oscar “best film” success.
In theaters Nov. 27, “Playbook”stars Bradley Cooper as a man recovering from a mental breakdown, while Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver play the parents he moves back in with following eight months in an institution. “The Hunger Games’” Jennifer Lawrence stars as Cooper’s love interest, a widow fighting depression.
Chris Tucker, Bradley Cooper and Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Tucker, who hasn’t been on the big screen since 2007’s “Rush Hour 3,” said he jumped at the chance to work with “Playbook’s” acclaimed director David O’ Russell (“The Fighter”). His character Danny offers comedic relief in the film – but Tucker admits O’ Russell had to keep him on a tight leash.
“Once I go too far, David is like, ‘Don’t do that. Do this,’ you know. That’s the privilege of working with a great director,” Tucker told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival. “There’s a lot I didn’t know. And comedy, there’s a lot you don’t know. When you say something, people say, ‘What? What did he just say?’ So, this part was right up my alley.”
Below, Tucker explains that his five-year absence from film was less about him wanting time off, and more about the lack of quality scripts coming his way.