Soap fans have become more excited this past week to see David O. Russell’s latest film Joy, which features a character Terri played by Virginia Madsen, who is obsessed with her daytime soap, The Joyful Storm! The savvy O. Russell decided to bring in the real deal to play very noted soap actors to play the characters in the fictional soap, which is a key ingredient to the movie. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Joy, in a story inspired by Joy Mangano, and her rise to being a mogul for her creation … the Miracle Mop!
Soap heavyweights: Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children), Donna Mills (Ex-Abby, Knots Landing), Laura Wright (Carly, GH), and Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) were cast in the motion picture. After the story broke where O. Russell sang the praises of daytime soap actors during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable with the hottest directors and their latest films, Maurice Benard took to his facebook page to return the favor and say some very nice words about being part of Joy and working with David and his experience. Plus, the Daytime Emmy winner revealed even his fear of flying could not stop this from being a joy-ful experience.
Maurice shared: “It was such a priveldge to be in a David O. Russell movie. Working with David is like working with an incredibly talented mad scientist. The energy was out of this world and it made me want to be great. I suffer from major anxiety when it comes to flying, so it had been 10 years since I’d been on a plane. Through this experience, one of my biggest fears turned into ‘Joy’. The people on the set could not have been nicer and more respectful and what made it even more of a blast is that I got to work with my friends Laura Wright, Susan Lucci, Donna Mills and John Enos.”
So what did you think about the sentiments shared by Maurice on the filming of Joy? Will you be running to the theatre starting Christmas Day when the film opens nationwide to catch Maurice and the gang in it? Comment below!