As expected, Jennifer Lawrence is a very hot commodity following the record-breaking opening weekend of The Hunger Games. So it comes as no surprise to learn that many of her words will be twisted especially in relation to future casting rumors. This prospective rumor stems from JLaw’s chat with Interview Germany (the one with the smooshed-boob cover shot, where JLaw gushes about how much she loves Bridget Jones’s Diary and would in fact love to be Bridget Jones.
But wait a second, Jennifer’s not really saying that she wants to be in the next Bridget Jones movie — and she’s really too young at this point to carry on the storyline of a late 30s singleton caught between a cad and a very hard Colin Firth. Yet I can see this statement being turned into a JLaw/Renee Zellweger bitchfight (because part three is a go and shall surely result in inevitable disaster) even though Jennifer has essentially made a harmless, gushing statement. JLaw also talks about wanting to take a bath in a tub of pasta when she gets her first huge paycheck. Is she contemplating angel hair? Maybe tortellini would provide more of a comfy cushion:
Jennifer Lawrence has revealed her desire to play Bridget Jones – the ditsy thirty something woman character portrayed by Renee Zellweger in the hugely popular movies. Lawrence’s Hollywood stock has skyrocketed after her latest movie The Hunger Games grossed a reported $155 million at the box-office last weekend.
Speaking to the German issue of Interview magazine, Lawrence, 21, said she would love to play the famous British singleton, saying, “I have always wanted to play Bridget Jones.That’s the movie I put on when I am homesick, although England is not my home. When you’re feeling ‘bleh’ and you want a movie that you’re never bored of watching, Bridget Jones is that for me so it’s natural to say that I want to be Bridget Jones.” However, the actress said she would “never” want to replace Renee Zellweger, who has reportedly signed on for a third movie in the franchise, tentatively titled Bridget Jones’s Baby. The movie, also starring Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, is being penned by award-winning author David Nicholls, though a release date is yet to be confirmed.
The three Hunger Games movies are likely to make Lawrence one of the most popular young actresses in Hollywood, and potentially one of the richest. However, when pushed on what she’ll do with her expanding bank balance, Lawrence said, “When I get my first real cheque, I want to bathe in a pool full of pasta.”
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Jennifer’s playing it safe by merely acknowledging how much she loves the first Bridget Jones movie (notice that she doesn’t mention the second one) and how it’s mainly a source of nostagia and comfort to her. She’s also saying that she’d never try to steal the role from Renee Zellweger, who’d probably shank her at the mere thought because (sadly) Renee doesn’t have much else going on at this point.
Still, the seed has been planted even though JLaw really hasn’t said anything wrong here. In fact, I am now envisioning a “Carrie Diaries”-styled prequel to the Bridget Jones series materializing in front of some greedy studio exec’s eyes as we speak. Try and tell me that Jennifer doesn’t look more than a little like a young Renee in these photos of her ducking through Heathrow airport on 3/27. You know Hollywood won’t be able to resist a prequel especially if someone like JLaw is interested.
Jennifer is also currently in the midst of adjusting to a virtually overnight state of massive fame, but the Chicago Sun-Times reports that she’s trying to resist the notion of hiring constant security:
Even as Jennifer Lawrence is telling everyone she won’t be overwhelmed by the intense fame she’ll gain from starring in the Hunger Games phenomenon, she has reluctantly agreed to the whole new team of bodyguards assigned to protect her from paparazzi and crazed fans.
A friend of Lawrence — a big politico close to the Obamas — told me the superstar-in-the-making doesn’t want protection 24/7, only at public events. “Hearing Jennifer lay down the ground rules for just how intrusive the bodyguards can or cannot get,” the source said, “reminds me of Michelle Obama and her comments about the Secret Service, back in 2008!”
[From Chicago Sun-Times]
I like that Jennifer is still behaving like she’s not a big deal, but she might have no choice but to hire a full-time bodyguard in the near future. Here she is trying to pick up coffee at Whole Foods in Santa Monica on 3/23 where she needed help from store security just to get out the door again.
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