I remember when Angelina Jolie was rumored to be in the running for the lead role in Silver Linings Playbook. Back then (2011), Mark Wahlberg was supposed to take the male lead role, and Angelina was approached about taking the role of the “unstable widow”. Some time passed and stuff happened and now the film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and both are considered to be big contenders for Oscar nominations for their roles. I really don’t know what happened with Angelina’s involvement – I don’t know if she simply withdrew from the film, or if director David O. Russell wanted J-Law more, or whatever. But The Enquirer is trying to make it into something:
ANGELINA JOLIE loathes rising star JENNIFER LAWRENCE, sources say, because she believes “The Hunger Games” star poached a plum role from her!
“Angelina desperately wanted the female lead in the movie ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’” said a source close to the 37-year-old Oscar winner. “It was a prime role with great dialogue, and Angelina campaigned hard for it. But once the director saw Jennifer’s audition, it was no contest. Jennifer blew her out of the water, and Angie was enraged!”
“Silver Linings Playbook” features a man with bipolar disorder, played by “The Hangover” hunk Bradley Cooper, who meets an emotionally unstable young widow named Tiffany.
Director David O. Russell says he initially believed 22-year-old Jennifer – who shot to stardom as plucky “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen – wasn’t mature enough to play Tiffany, and had Angelina pegged for the role.
“We had a lot of major actresses in town interested in the role, from Angelina Jolie to some other big stars,” he said recently. “Jennifer, we frankly thought, was too young.”
But Jennifer scored the part after auditioning over the Internet phone service Skype – throwing Angelina into a fury! “Angie was beside herself,” said the source. “She screeched, ‘What’s she got that I don’t have?’ The simple answer is youth. Angie’s getting older and the big parts are going to rising young stars like Jennifer.”
Adding insult to injury, Jennifer earned both a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild award as Best Actress for the role.
“Angie’s seething,” said the source. “It’s a juicy, award-winning part, and she thinks it should have been hers.”
You know how I know this is sexist? Because the story isn’t about Mark Wahlberg “seething” with petty jealousy and angst over Bradley Cooper “stealing” his role and no anonymous source is bitching about Mark Wahlberg being too old. That being said, Angelina should be working in front of the camera more, and I don’t understand why more studios and directors aren’t bringing her ready-to-film projects. Like, we only really hear about Angelina being approached for roles that still need to be adapted and need like a year of preproduction or whatever.
As for the actual girlfight – I’m sure all of the Jennifer Lawrence fan-girls will find the exact quote, but I’m pretty sure that Lawrence has said nice things about Angelina in the past. J-Law is a fan. And I’d be willing to bet that Angelina is a fan of Lawrence too. Or maybe Angelina just hates the name “Jennifer” always and forever.
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