New ‘American Hustle’ trailer: does Jennifer Lawrence seem really out of place?

Jennifer Lawrence

As we steadily approach Oscar-baiting season, American Hustle stands out as a major contender. Directed by David O. Russell, the ensemble cast includes past winners (Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence) and nominees (Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner) in moderately engrossing subject matter. I’m pretty sure that most people who will see this movie won’t be there for the ABSCAM history lesson but are more interested in these particular actors. You know, star power.

The first trailer gave us a look at the glitz, glamour, and weirdness portrayed by the cast. The second trailer delivers more character background and major drama. This is slightly NSFW for the potty-mouthed Jennifer Lawrence:

Bradley Cooper’s pink curlers make me so happy! Is anyone else creeped out by Jennifer Lawrence’s age difference from her character? Christian Bale is (as JLaw’s husband) playing 10 years older than his actual age, but Jennifer can’t get away with playing late 30s. She looks like she’s babysitting that poor, obscenity-uttering child. Oh well. I guess younger actresses can steal all the roles from older ones. No biggie.

Kaiser already posted most of these new posters in a link post last week, but I can’t resist using them again. I harbor a weakness for character posters.

Bradley Cooper

Christian Bale

Amy Adams

Jennifer Lawrence

Jeremy Renner

Movie stills & posters courtesy of Columbia Pictures

 

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  1. Jules says:

    I won’t be seeing it, I am so over movies starring middle aged men, with a ‘child’ female actress as their love interest. Will Lawrence be over the hill at 27?

  2. Anna says:

    Jen’s age is totally distracting and Bradley’s rollers were the best part of that boring trailer

  3. lenje says:

    Very good work on the second trailer. Everyone’s pretty strong, especially my man Bale. Funny, I remember people were saying that Cooper will be the weakest here — yet IMO the trailer shows it’s Renner. Can’t wait to see this.

  4. Tanguerita says:

    She is a talented actress, who might have grown into most parts she is getting at the moment in five-ten years, but, seriously, she looks ridiculous, like she is playing dress-up. I just watched “Silver linings” and it grossed me out: I felt like I have to call children’s services or else.

  5. T. Fanty Fan says:

    Um, no thanks. Not interested.

  6. The Wizz says:

    Why would you get someone in their early 20s to play someone in their late 30s. Trying to make us oldies even more insecure about our wrinkles?

  7. Daisy says:

    Love the trailer, can’t wait for the film.

  8. Andrea says:

    Amy Adams looks wonderful in the trailer and I just hope that the obsession with Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t overshadow what appears to be very deserving attention for Adams in this film.

    People love to hold up the early 20′s actress at all costs and give her all the love and attention. How about some love for the gorgeous late 30′s actress in the film who has 4 Academy awards noms??

    • Original A says:

      I love Amy, but she is going to get screwed over because the field is so deep in the Best Actress category with Judi Dench, Cate, Kate, Emma Thompson, Meryl, etc. While I like Jen, it’s ridiculous casting age wise and there are just as good of actresses that wouldn’t look like a kid compared to the rest (Charlize, Naomi Watts).

      • T.C. says:

        Amy Adams is a wonderful actress but I don’t think she deserved all her nomination. Not for Doubt or The Master. She is loved though and gets nominated for just sneezing so I don’t think anyone will overshadow her nomination.

      • Andrea says:

        @TC, Totally disagree about THe Master. She was wonderful in that role and won several of the critical awards leading up to the Oscars. I also thought she was solid in Doubt. It wasn’t a showy part.

        And she SHOULD have been nominated for Enchanted but wasn’t. So either way, she’s has earned 4 nods.

      • lenje says:

        Pfffttt! Too many times Oscar’s about who’s been pimped through the roof and who’s willing to play the game. Look at The Great Gary Oldman — 20 yrs of awesome performances, and yet just got his first nomination last year. I never have a doubt about Lawrence’s talent, but I don’t think she stood out in SLP either.

        I also agree that Adams was BRILLIANT in The Master. In fact, all the performers in The Master are nothing short of fantastic: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Adams, and especially Joaquin Phoenix.

    • JulieM says:

      Yes. Getting tired of Amy Adams getting screwed out of her Oscar. What the hell does the academy want from her? 4 noms in 6-7 years. No diva crap. Geez.

    • linlin says:

      I love Amy Adams! If I go see this film, it will be because of her. Nothing against J.Law but I didn’t watch Silver Linnings because I thought it was very weird casting somebody so young and it’s the same issue here.

  9. Barrett says:

    I saw the trailer at the movies and thought she was a miscast. Her youth and baby face distract from where the film wants to take your imagination.

  10. MsAubra says:

    Christian and Bradley’s hair is giving me ever lasting life tho! LMAO

  11. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Amy Adams looks fierce. She is the main female character, Bale looks still sexy, and I´ve never been attracted to BCoop until I´ve seen him with those curls.

  12. Rhiley says:

    I want to like Jennifer Lawrence as an actress, but I am having a hard time. I thought, overall, she was great in Winter’s Bone even though the movie was depressing as hell. But she was absolutely terrible in Silver Linings Playbook, and really did not deserve to be even nominated for an Oscar. I wonder what is going to heppen to her now as an actress. I hope she continues to challenge herself and does not fall into some trap of thinking that because she as already won an Oscar at a very young age, there isn’t a lot she can learn about acting. If she continues to grow, she really could have a career like Jodi Foster’s.

  13. Merritt says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is talented, but she keeps getting miscast in roles that are too old for her. I hated Silver Linings Playbook. I didn’t feel she and Bradley Cooper had any chemistry and she is too young for her character’s back story to be plausible. Hunger Games and Winter’s Bone, were good roles for her. I fear if she continues to be miscast like this, her career is going to fizzle out fast.

    • gogoGorilla says:

      Me, too! I thought I was the only one who couldn’t believe she scored an Oscar for that role. She was entirely too young for the part–and the entire movie was so far from the book plot that it might as well have been something else altogether. Very annoying.

      I like her fine in roles that she’s suited for, but she is young and LOOKS young. I’d rather see roles like this going to actresses in their 30s who fit the film and have the chops.

    • GlimmerBunny says:

      Wow, so much hate for JLaw on this thread… I think she was FANTASTIC in Silver Linings Playbook (best she’s ever been) and her chemistry with Cooper was sizzling. To each his own I guess.

      • MisJes says:

        Agreed GlimmerBunny. There are always the bitter ones on a JLaw post though, you’ll see!

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        How is saying she was miscast hate?
        That´s a fact, the part in SLP was written for an actress in her 30s, no one is saying she isn´t talented, even that statement would still be just an opinion and not hate.

      • Liberty says:

        I agree with you, GlimmerBunny.

      • Merritt says:

        It is not hate to say that she is being miscast in role that are too old for her. If she continues to play roles that are too old, that will cause the audience to feel a disconnect. I also expressed concern for her career if she continues to be miscast in roles.

      • gogoGorilla says:

        Er, yeah, okay. *rolly eyes*

        To clarify: she has talent. However, the role in SLP was for an older person, as is this one. She is too young and therefore some of us cannot suspend disbelief and would prefer the parts go to actresses actually in the intended age group.

      • angie says:

        yeah totally agree
        People are bitter and jealous that she is getting roles and deservedly so.
        She got raves for her role in SLP by both critics and knowledgeable people in the industry, they are so insecure about their favorites being shafted that all they can think about is her being too young for the role, blah blah blah
        It’s the director’s job and casting people working for the movie who have a say on who gets cast for a movie not some random bias people on the internet who know absolutely nothing about the movie industry.JMO.

      • Mary says:

        I agree Glimmer.

        The hate for SLP and Lawrence on here is baffling. The critical reviews speak for themselves. I am not saying that I always agree with critics for critics sake, but she was great in SLP. I am so glad I didn’t have to put up with Jolie or McAdams. None of them would have had the innocent quirk and depth that Lawrence brought. So just happy it wasn’t Jolie who really is a dismal actress.

    • catt says:

      Me Three! She was just so ‘normal’ in SLP and not even close to an Oscar performance. I do not understand. And in this trailer she has the exact same demeanor she always has only with a different accent. She seems to be saying ‘Yeah I am in on the joke’ when she is sashaying around in that white cocktail dress too. I really think she is a one note actress and her win at the Oscars will not allow her to grow at the rate she would have had otherwise.
      Also I love Jeremy Renner in this…I think he is a better actor than most people realize.

      • angie says:

        you don’t need to understand, yours is just an opinion among many others that differs greatly from yours, which include critics,directors, producers etc you know people who are actually knowledgeable and experience people who have worked in the movie industry. IMO.

    • angie says:

      fizzle out lol
      really her miscast role in SLP like you said got her an oscar, SAG award, Golden Globe and may other awards and rave reviews too so i am sure she will be fine

      • Merritt says:

        @angie

        Winning awards doesn’t always mean career success. Hilary Swank has two Oscars, but her career has slumped. Reese Witherspoon’s career isn’t going well these days.

        Also some of you people freaking out about haters, really are missing the point. Lawrence is not being hated on. People are questioning whether it is a good idea to put her in roles that written for someone a decade older. It reflects the sexism in Hollywood. Actresses are pushed out as they age. While men of the same age are embraced.

      • MisJes says:

        Well, in regards to this movie, no actress was pushed out for Jennifer Lawrence. David O. Russell had this role written FOR HER. She filmed it inbetween projects, when she was supposed to be having a rest period, because he had asked her to.

        I don’t believe an actor/actress should be cast because their age happens to be correct in relation to a character. They should be cast because they have the chops to pull it off. And Jennifer Lawrence does. MANY industry critics, producers and directors would agree.

      • Evie says:

        @MisJes
        Just the facts: The role wasn’t written for Jennifer Lawrence. The film is based on a 2008 debut novel by Matthew Quick. In the novel Tiffany is much older than Jennifer Lawrence [http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/02/06/silver-linings-playbook-matthew-quick-jennifer-lawrence/]. The role was first offered to Angelina Jolie who declined due to scheduling issues. Angelina Jolie is 38 years old [June 4, 1975 - source: IMDB]. By the way, I LOVE Jennifer Lawrence. But the age difference between her and BC creeps me out. Actually BC creeps me out in general.

      • MisJes says:

        @Evie – I was talking about American Hustle. He wrote her part in American Hustle for her. I should have clarified, sorry. I’ve read The Silver Linings Playbook.

  14. Kiddo says:

    I don’t know what they did to her in the promo poster, but she looks like (a young) Heather Locklear. Maybe that was intentional, same time period? I actually think Jennifer is prettier though.

  15. paola says:

    I love JLaw and Amy Adams but it seems uber boring to me. I won’t watch it for sure.

  16. missy says:

    unpopular opinion: i really dont see how jennifer lawrence is such a great beauty. her body is fine but her face… kind meh to me, especially with the styling of these promotional shots. on screen, she looks much older than her age and if she looks old now what is she going to look like in her 30s. amy adams, on the other hand, looks younger than she actually on screen and is equally as captivating as lawrence on the red carpet. maybe adams needs better pr people

  17. TG says:

    Had no idea Jennifer Lawrence was supposed to be in her late thirties for this movie. That is depressing because there are quite a few actresses in their 30′s and 40′s who would be great for the role. The movie looks good except for Bradley Cooper. I must be the only one who thinks he is over rated and can’t act. He is only good when playing douchey parts like in a Wedding Crashers. He is under the impression that if you give an intense stare and yell a lot than that makes you a good actor. Not true.

  18. Bea says:

    Jennifers part in silver lining playbook was originally intended for an actress in her 30s. It was intended for Jolie, so its not the first time she is playing an older character. Maybe it looks wrong because Bale looks a lot older in this character.

  19. M.A.F. says:

    I agree with those who have said she is being miscast in most of the movies she has picked up lately, outside of Hunger Games and Winter’s Bone. The news of her being in East of Eden is another miscast. Hopefully with that role, it is just early buzz around the film and she will be replaced.

    On a different note, it is a pet peeve of mine watching actors who don’t know how to smoke or hold a cigarette. Don’t ask me why this is, it just bugs me.

    • Migdalia says:

      While it could happen depending on how long it’s in limbo it’s unlikely it’ll be recast. She’s mentioned that she’s wanted and campaigned for the part.

    • Tig says:

      Had the East of Eden discussion on another thread- I agree with you that she’s too young for Cathy. I also don’t see her being able to play mean and cruel convincingly. If and when Serena gets released ( maybe early 2014), that will be some evidence of her being able to do that. And I also agree that saying that’s she’s miscast in a part doesn’t equate to hating//bashing her.

    • angie says:

      replaced? really? *rolls eye*
      and why should she replaced ? because you said so.*rolls eyes*
      You are just an internet user not a producer or director or even an investor who put money into this movie, it amuses me how people on the internet assumes they know anything about the movies when all they have done is paid to watch a couple of movies lol

  20. toto says:

    Despite the very good cast, the movie trailer does cot captivate me…the most interesting person there is Amy Adams.
    similar heavy cast movie is the councilor but the trailer of Bardem and Fessy is on fire.

  21. Mabs says:

    This is one reason the industry doesn’t get much money from me…why at 2013, we’re still ignoring older demographics is as disappointing as Hollywood’s ego.

  22. mimi says:

    Unlike SLP which I really enjoyed, this movie does nothing for me. Both trailers so far have not prompted any interest in me to see it in the theater when it’s released. It’s a shame because so many of my favorite actors are in it.

  23. roxy750 says:

    I think it looks great, the cast is phenomenal! Including JL. Can’t wait to see it.

  24. Vesta says:

    I can’t make any sense of J Lawrence playing a woman nearly in her 40s, but I might see this for Amy Adams’ sake.

    • Nanou says:

      I was disappointed by Amy Adams’ portrayal of Lois Lane. She came off as bland, there wasn’t any fire in her, no sass, no spunk. She managed to make Lois generic. Teri Hatcher and Erica Durance don’t have Oscar nominations but they played Lois Lane much better.I’m still not interested in this movie.

      • Andrea says:

        I totally disagree and I think that’s a really unfair comparison to make.

        First off all, I love both Erica Durance and Teri Hatcher. But both of these women played Lois for YEARS on TV week in and week out. They had the benefit of YEARS of character growth. Bad scripts and good scripts. Time to grow.

        Second, Amy Adams was playing Lois LAne under TOTALLY difference circumstances. The tone of MAn of Steel was extremely serious (something I don’t entirely agree with but that was NOT her fault) and she played Lois as appropriately strong, powerful and serious about her job under those circumstances. It would have made zero sense for her to act differently than she did. It was a serious movie about a serious journalist who followed Clark Kent all over the world and tracked him down when no one else could. That’s pretty Lois to me.

        If you have issues with Man of STeel, take it up with the script which had almost ZERO Room for levity or jokes or any of that good stuff. But blaming the actress and then comparing her to women who had the luxury of being on TV for YEARS vs. one movie really fall flat for me. I love Lois Lane more than anyone and I just cannot with that weak argument. It’s extremely unfair and makes me really roll my eyes as a huge fan of the character.

  25. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    In the header pic JL looks like my all time favorite ballerina barbie doll from waaay back.

  26. Jess says:

    Totally want to see this movie and love Coop’s curlers. Amy looks amazing in this role and I love Jeremy’s character poster. I like JLaw but I agree, she looks like a little girl playing dress up. It has got to be so frustrating to actresses in their thirties who are losing out on their roles to a baby like JLaw (even if she is a wonderful person and actress).

  27. d says:

    OOOf, miscast for sure. Very out of place. She stands out like a teenybopper in something completely different compared to the rest of the cast. I fear Jeremy Renner is also somewhat weak here. Strange how Bradley Cooper excels in douchey roles.

  28. Sile says:

    Well, I think it looks terrific. I buy Jennifer Lawrence in this role (in fact, het character really reminds me of my uncles second wife…trophy wife, same hair, makeup, cigarette, etc.). Besides, Jennifer Lawrence is getting very positive buzz from those who have seen the screener in LA. According to Kris Tapley from InContention (he hasn’t seen it, but was repeating what those who have)..that “Lawrence is best in show”.

    • Laura says:

      i agree. People here will be eating their nuts in a couple weeks and months. There have been several early screenings and buzz from Tapley who said that Lawrence is best in show. The buzz was all unanimously pointed to her and said that Adams fizzled towards the end.

      The bitterness towards Lawrence is baffling. You are just used to seeing women much older playing high schooler but you guys never say anything ( Roswell, Glee, Buffy, Vampire diaries, etc.). Lawrence ACTUALLY LOOKS mid-twenties ( like my friends) You just are all unused to seeing how a mid twenties person actually looks . I am sure in the context of the rest of the film, the age won’t be a factor.

      And she retractive hate towards SLP, whatever. Most people and the awards bodies thought she overcame the age… including me. I thought she fully deserved the Oscar. And yes, I saw the othr nominees.

      • Merritt says:

        Yes, Lawrence looks mid-twenties. But she does not look like she is in her thirties, which is the age of the character.

      • connie says:

        Why does someone saying they didn’t like a movie = hate?

        I agree with other posters, SLP wasn’t that great (to me) after hearing so many fawning over not only individual performances, but the movie as a whole, I was considerably let down (same way I felt after watching This is the End last night, once it was over my thought was “that was it?”).

        Also, the age disparity in SLP was the first thing I thought just from trailers for the movie.

        Next, who is bitter? Because someone doesn’t like a casting decision, that’s ultimately the conclusion? And I get it angie, as I am not in the biz my argument is invalid…. oh wait, except you yourself pointed out people can have varying interpretations and observations *rolls eyes*

        I don’t even know who she was up against for her Oscar, but do agree that her performance in SLP did not garner (for me) a WOW BLOWN AWAY experience from me.

        All that being said, I do find her refreshing, talented and beautiful.
        It’s ok to be a fan of someone and not find them absolutely infallible and not need to defend every action and attack ever H8R… Angie, if you didn’t realize I’m speaking to you

    • angie says:

      yeah i heard about her early good buzz about her performance in the movie but i am awaiting for real reviews before saying anything.
      But it will amuse me greatly if she does get great reviews considering all the people who are bitching about her in this thread,saying she is too young and miscast when they have not even seen the movie yet lol

  29. SuSu says:

    a beautiful babyface is still a babyface. I´m afraid her career goes down with such miscastings. They give her these roles only because she is “The It-Girl”.

  30. ots says:

    Meh I think she looks fine. She’s supposed to be a trophy wife and women in the 70′s had kids much younger. I mean she looks 25-27 and the kid looks like he’s 5. Is it so unbelievable that she had him when she was 20-22?

  31. eliza says:

    I will just say it- I hated Silver Linings. Hated it and thought Lawrence was nothing special. Why do these movies have the worst wigs ever?

  32. Jill says:

    Bale looks exactly like Cruise in Tropic Thunder. I can’t get past it to have any other opinions about this film.

  33. Madriani's Girl says:

    The two women look gorgeous in those pictures!

  34. Nanou says:

    @ Andrea, i’m a Lois Lane fan too and you can roll your eyes as much as you want,i didn’t like her performance in the role. Teri and Erica also had to work with bad scripts and they were still able to convey Lois’ spunk,sarcastic,no nonsense attitude. For someone who claimed she always dreamed to be Lois Lane and finally got the role, her acting felt flat,uninspiring to me.There were scenes where she looked like she was about to burst in tears (first scene with Perry ans the one with the blogger) And why always just blame Snyder and Goyer for Adams’ bad performance? She was the one that was seen on the screen; since she’s this great actress why didn’t she elevate the material she was given and make it better with her acting ? She’ll give the same flat performance in the Bat/Supes movie but ppl will still give her a pass because she has Oscar nominations and claims she wanted to make the character “her own” when she just doesn’t play it that well. I liked Man Of Steel not Amy Adams.

  35. terrah. says:

    static blasted from all that polyester based finery

  36. vikw says:

    Lmao you’re all so bitter. Can’t stand a young successful woman, can you? Can’t wait for the movie. I bet JLaw slays everyone and steals the show.

  37. miriam says:

    Does anyone else feel as though all of the stars seem to imitating other actors? I get shades of Deniro, Keitel and others just from this short trailer.

  38. Cazzee says:

    These posters are great! They totally remind me of the movie posters from ‘Clue’.

  39. Miss D. says:

    CB has always been Jennifer Lawrence friendly so, there’s no hate here…only love (LOL!). Seriously, though Bedhead is a self proclaimed JLaw loonie so definetly no hate and the rest of the people have always semed to like if not love Lawrence.

    Now, as far as the trailer/film is concerned…I love the trailer!. Lawrence is a trophy wife, the role was written for her. Roslyn Rosenberg is supposed to be late 20′early 30′s. And yes, it’s Jennifer Lawrence who is getting the most buzz.

    • israel says:

      Lmao @ those saying shez too young. Didn’t they also say she was too old for Hunger games and too young for SLP (which won her a well deserved oscar)?

      A statement from someone who saw an early screening of American hustle said though all the actors were top notch in the movie, Bale and Lawrence were jaw-dropping.

      Ppl here shud get ready for an Oscar nom for Jennifer lawrence in a supporting role.

      And Jlaw gave a belivable brilliant turn as a disgruntled mother in thw trailer. Enufg said!

  40. Miss D. says:

    Oh…to clarify, Jennifer Lawrence’s role in East of Eden will be that of young Cathy Ames…again…YOUNG Cathy Ames…early 20′s Cathy Ames, when she first meets Adam Trask. Older Cathy Ames will be played by another OLDER actress. I would be on board for Charlize Theron, perhaps. The film will be a long one (Ross wanted it to be two parts) but instead it will be at least 3 hours long with Lawrence playing the part of young Cathy and I can’t wait!.

  41. Rainbow says:

    This look amazing. Cannot wait to see it. I’m almost sure it’ll be nominated for best picture.

  42. HappyMom says:

    I love the soundtrack. Signed, Child of the 70s.

  43. Halicon says:

    saw the trailer and apparently Jeremy Renner got his baby mama cast in the movie, I think around the 50 second mark?

    I think best supporting actor and actress for Renner and his girlfriend. I can see them becoming the next Jolie-Pitts.

  44. paranormalgirl says:

    I guess I’m not getting how Jennifer Lawrence can be too young for a role written for her. Even if the role was re-written for her, it’s still a fictionalized account of ABSCAM and being fiction, pretty much anything goes.

  45. israel says:

    Who says writers are cranky? At WGAW’s “Behind the Screen” reception at the Capital Grille Oct. 10, overwhelming gratitude was the pervasive statement.The annual event serves as the WGA’s kickoff to awards season.“American Hustle” writer Eric Warren Singerallowed that he was thankful to Sony, producerCharles Roven, director David O. Russell andJennifer Lawrence.“Jennifer Lawrence is like a brick thqrough a plate glass window.” he mused. ”That’s how solid she is.”

  46. israel says:

    Soooooooooo… just got back from a screening of this.I had to sign an NDA so I won’t go into too much detail. Surfice to say it is bloody ruddy excellent. It’s like a Scorsese but with O’Russel’s sprinkle of charm and humour. The performances are incredible across the board, with Lawrence absolute smashing it to bits as a ‘hot mess’. She’s incredible in it. The cut I saw wasn’t finished, aparently they are still adding and trimming bits (the cut I saw didn’t have the “I’ve just got bigger balls than you” line), the audio needs a bit of work and it clearly needs a bit of colourising. But overall it was an absolute corker.Here’s the reaction of another person who goes by ‘Alf’ that saw the screening. He couldn’t help but specially praise Jlaw: