Find out how Jennifer Lawrence nearly missed out on her Oscar-winning role in Silver Linings Playbook...
Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t looked back since winning an Oscar for her lead for in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, but it almost wasn’t to be for the young actress.
In a new interview on US radio, film producer Harvey Weinstein revealed that Anne Hathaway was originally cast in Jennifer’s role of Tiffany.
Asked by host Howard Stern if it ‘drives him insane’ when he fails to secure the star he wants for a film, Weinstein replied: ‘It doesn’t drive me insane because I’ve always believed if we can’t get somebody established, we’ll find somebody new.
‘I’ll give you an idea: Silver Linings Playbook was originally going to be with Anne Hathaway and Mark Wahlberg and then Anne wasn’t doing it. She’s marvellous and wonderful and she was my choice, I love her.’
Shedding more light on the surprising news, he added: ‘We had Annie and then we had Mark… then whatever happened, happened. David and Anne had some creative differences, they didn’t see eye-to-eye.’
‘I said “How the hell are we gonna replace Annie?” and then this amazing creature walked in who is a brilliant actress and so much fun and she won an Oscar,’ he recalled.
It’s not the first lead role Anne Hathaway has walked away from, either – she previously explained how a graphic birth scene led her to drop out of 2007’s Knocked Up.
In the same year that Jennifer Lawrence bagged her first Oscar, Anne was honoured with the Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables.
Fresh from her 2014 Golden Globes win, Jennifer Lawrence has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 Oscars for her recent role in American Hustle.