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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 6, 2012 3:31PM
Jennifer Lawrence is such a breath of fresh air!  Angelina = BORING!
Dec 6, 2012 3:43PM
"We were going to use Angelina, until we realized we needed less lip and more talent." Sure, Angie is beautiful... in that cold, unrelatable, lizard-lady from "Beowolf" kind of way.
Dec 6, 2012 3:16PM
Dec 6, 2012 4:51PM
angelina needs 2 get over herself... she should think about retiring..... when she hooked up with Brad Pitt she no longer was welcome in Hollywood.........
Dec 6, 2012 5:40PM

Sucks for Jennifer Lawrence that they have to put so much emphasis on Jolie in this article.  The movie is out and Jennifer deserves the credit.  Who cares who didn't star in it!


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