The director of the long-awaited heist movie Hustler's has backed away rumors that there were tensions between two film stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu.
"Honestly when I heard about it, it was such an insult to my set because I don't run things like that," Lorene Scafaria said on BuzzFeed News & # 39; AM to DM Wednesday morning. "I love working with actors of all kinds who need different things, but everyone is so good at this."
"Jennifer and Constance really had that chemistry and that relationship right away," Scafaria said. "It's pretty hard to fake it, to be honest."
A gossip about an alleged rift between Lopez and Wu came up when stores reported that Wu demanded top billing over her costs in the movie about exotic dancers who are preparing to rob their wealthy male clients.
However, according to a new profile in The Guardian, Wu clarified how this type of rumor got bones.
"I demanded nothing," Wu told the newspaper. "The reason for what happened was that people in the team called journalists because they didn't put me in [their stories about the film]. It was not something I asked them to do. "
Scafaria chalked this up to the common story that is often seen in media where successful women ̵
Sure, there is some competition in a strip club environment, Scafaria said, but the bedrock of many of these friendships is based on "sisterhood and friendship."
"It's such a necessary part of survival and we just had it on set," Scafaria said.
The film, which features Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B, in addition to Lopez and Wu, follows the story of strippers who are cheating several rich Wall Street men out of money.
It is also based on the New York Magazine 2015 article "The Hustlers At Scores", written by Jessica Pressler
The film has received great reviews from critics, and it has been found that Lopez could even nominated for an Academy Award.
Ira Madison III, host of Crooked Media podcast Keep It! said, Lopez was "a BEAST."
After praising the performance of the triple threat, he praised Scafaria's film for having "a different energy than you traditionally get in a genre that men like Soderbergh and Scorsese have made their own."
Actress Melanie Lynskey ( Ever After Castle Rock Easy) Lopez called a "functioning power center."  In short, many people are here for Jenny from the incredible performance of the block.
"In a way, it's my love letter to Jennifer," Scafaria said on AM to DM when the question of all praise Lopez received.
"I'm so glad she's getting that kind of attention."
Hustler's hits theaters this Friday.
Check out Scafaria's complete interview below.