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Angelina Jolie wanted Jennifer Lawrence's 'Silver Linings' role


Angelina Jolie wanted to be the leading lady in the hit comedy drama "Silver Linings Playbook," according to filmmaker David O. Russell.

Jennifer Lawrence has been getting Oscar buzz for her portrayal of the promiscuous character Tiffany in the movie, but Russell says he initially thought the 22-year-old star was too young, and he had other "major actresses" in mind, including Jolie.

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At a screening for, he explains, "Quite frankly, (Lawrence's audition) was like a formality. I didn't think she was really a contender. We had three very serious contenders (already). We had a lot of major actresses in town interested in the role, from Angelina Jolie to some other big stars, because it's a dimensional role for a young woman. Jennifer, we frankly thought, was too young."

The "Hunger Games" star went on to win the part after auditioning over the Internet phone service Skype. Bradley Cooper was recruited to play her love interest, but Russell admits he considered a number of other A-list stars during the casting process.

He adds, "I wrote it with Vince (Vaughn) and Zooey (Deschanel) in mind, because I love Vince's cadences ... And then Mark Wahlberg -- who I love and made three movies with -- there was a moment where he was going to do it. That didn't work out ... and it was out of my hands ... I originally wrote it for other people. But as Matt Damon very graciously said to me about the Christian Bale role in 'The Fighter' -- which he was originally intended to play --  'It just goes to show, the right people play the right role at the right time.'"

Dec 7, 2012 4:30PM

Jennifer Lawrence is a much better actress than Jolie could ever hope to be. 

Dec 7, 2012 4:16PM
oh yeah  now that it is going to be a hit   she claims she wanted it   anything to get her name in print
Dec 7, 2012 10:19AM
I used to think Angelina was hot but nowadays she is a bit old and played out. I don't really care for her acting anymore either. She's a bit anorexic looking as well.
Dec 7, 2012 9:32AM
Stupidly, I just tune in to read the pathetic hater comments.
Dec 6, 2012 11:43PM
This is a very old story! There are a number of other thespians mentioned in this article, so I wonder why Ms. Jolie is the lead name. Oh, I get ignorant hillbillies can have something to comment on.
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