David O. Russell’s latest film, Joy, tells the three-decade story of one woman’s struggle to become the leader of her business empire and her dysfunctional family. Jennifer Lawrence plays Joy Mangano, who invents a “miracle” mop that she sells to millions of housewives on shopping-network TV. “I inspire to create stories that take on new ambitions,” the director says at an Academy Q&A (below). “Starting with The Fighter, women had become progressively important in each of the pictures.”
In a new clip from the film, Joy readies herself for her TV debut. She just wants to be herself — despite the lack of enthusiasm from Bradley Cooper. Russell cast Melissa Rivers to portray her late mother, Joan Rivers, who was a superstar at the QVC station. Joan gives Joy some interesting fashion advice.
At home, Joy’s life is hectic — her house is already full of people who shouldn’t really be there. In this second clip, we’re introduced to Joy’s family. Her father (Robert De Niro) has been “returned” to his familial house by his ex-girlfriend, and he immediately starts to squabble with his ex-wife (Virginia Madsen).
In this Academy Q&A below, you can hear Russell talk more about fables — “without these adversaries in fairy tales, you can’t become what you’re meant to be” — as well as cast members Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Édgar Ramírez, and Elisabeth Röhm.
Joy opens in theaters on Christmas day.