Can you imagine Silver Linings Playbook or American Hustle without Jennifer Lawrence?
Turns out, we almost had to.
The 28-year-old actress won a Leading Actress Oscar for the first role and Golden Globe for the second, but according to director David O. Russell, she was almost not cast in either.
“We thought you were too young and there were other actresses in the front of the line who were close to getting the role,” Russell told Lawrence about the role of Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival.
And when it came to American Hustle, Lawrence was busy with other movies and “technically not available.”
Both roles worked out, however, leading to Russell and Lawrence becoming one of Hollywood’s most famous film partnerships. They have also collaborated on Joy, for which the actress also received a Golden Globe.
It also looks as though there is more to come as the director told his frequent leading lady, “I’m writing something for you now.”