Jennifer Lawrence won the 2012 Best Actress Oscar for her role in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook”, but during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival the director revealed that she nearly didn’t get the role.
As Vanity Fair reports, the revelation was dropped during an onstage discussion featuring Lawrence, Russell and actor Robert De Niro, who have collaborated on “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Joy” and “American Hustle”.
During their chat, Russell noted that Lawrence, who was in her early 20s when the film was being made, was the last actor to be cast for “Silver Linings Playbook”.
“What’s up with that?” Lawrence asked, with Russell responding: “We thought you were too young, and there were other actresses in front of the line close to getting the role.”
“Wow, okay!” quipped Lawrence.
“Like a pass that covers 90 yards, you just changed the game,” added Russell.
Russell also revealed that Lawrence nearly didn’t make it into “American Hustle” either, albeit for an entirely different reason. As he explained, Lawrence had just finished back-to-back filming of the final two “Hunger Games” films and wasn’t planning on immediately jumping into another film.
However, Russell thought Lawrence would be ideal to play the brash wife of Christian Bale’s character, and offered her the role knowing that she wasn’t available.
“I feel I would be remiss as your friend if I did not give you one last chance to say no to that role,” Russell recalled. “I remember you saying, ‘Do I get to have big hair and long nails and be crazy?’ I said, ‘Yes!’ and you said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it.’“
Quipped the actress: “Any young filmmaker, that’s all you have to do. Give me big hair and long nails!”
In addition, Russell hinted that we may be seeing Lawrence in one of his upcoming films. “I’m writing something for you now,” he told her, but didn’t offer any further details.