Jennifer Lawrence Earns Praise From Gary Roos, Bryan Singer and More!
Entertainment Weekly have released a new article looking at Jennifer’s successful career thus far and talking with some of the people who have had the chance to work with her.
On casting Jennifer in Winter’s Bone
“There was something about her [audition] and the way she was able to convey having the burden of this family on her shoulders. It’s not even something that you can really act,” says Paul Schnee, who along with Kerry Barden, cast that Sundance film [Winter’s Bone].“Knowing the demands of the role, I was [like], ‘This is the girl! This is the girl!’”
How Gary Ross spotted Jennifer for The Hunger Games
His epiphany came when he spent three days writing voiceover for Jodie Foster’s movie The Beaver, in which Lawrence played Anton Yelchin’s girlfriend.
“Just looking at the film over and over again, I just kept saying, ‘Who’s this actress?’ I just couldn’t believe the talent,” says Ross, who’s called casting Lawrence as Katniss the easiest movie decision he ever made. “It wasn’t even like a casting quote choice. I honestly felt lucky that an actress this good existed at that moment for that film. That’s how I felt. I remember saying to Lionsgate when we were casting, ‘Look, this comes along once every 10 years.’ Someone walks in the door with that kind of massive talent, it knocks you back in your chair.”
On Jennifer’s upcoming return as mystique in the X-Men sequel
Days of Future Past finally gets underway April 14 in Montreal, and Lawrence’s character is expected to play a larger role in the sequel, though Singer says that was always the plan and nothing has been changed plotwise to showcase her presence.
“You have to be careful not to suddenly lean the movie all towards her just for her rise in popularity,” [Director Bryan] Singer says. “It has to work for the character. She’d be the first person to argue that. It’s an ensemble movie. It’s definitely not suddenly her movie, but she factors in it significantly. She’s going to be more bad-ass in this movie, which will be nice. A lot more bad-ass than Hunger Games. Which will be fun to see, because she’s very feisty, as you may have noticed in Silver Linings.”
On Jennifer’s staying power in Hollywood
“I think she’s one of those actresses that you’re going to absolutely going to look back on,” says [COO of The Weinstein Company David] Glasser. “It’s like when you look 30 years back at Meryl Streep, you think of Sophie’s Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer. Thirty years from now, you’ll look back and you’ll say Silver Linings and Winter’s Bone. You’ll be having that same conversation about her 30 years from now.”