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Russell likes being close to actors

David O Russell has revealed the secret to his filmmaking - getting up close to his actors.

The American Hustle director said that rather than shooting from further away he likes to get as near to his actors as he can to film their emotions with a hand-held camera, reported the Daily Mail.

David said on The Daily Show: "I like to be very close to my actors. I don't like to be sat in what they call video village, which is often 100 yards or more away from the set.

'I like to be close to them. I like them to feel me and me to feel them. I like to shoot with a small camera so I can be there."

A photo shows the award-winning filmmaker shooting a scene with Jennifer Lawrence and Jack Huston, in which the actors are sitting in the front of the car and David is crammed into the back, lying down with a camera in his hand.

He said his stars, such as Hunger Games actress Jennifer, tend to adapt to his style.

"Jennifer got used to it, she liked it a lot," he said.

But show host Jon Stewart teased: 'You look like you are chaperoning a terrible date. You are the director and you look like they are smuggling you into Tijuana."

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