American Hustle star Jennifer Lawrence may have lost out on the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years A Slave. But as newly released deleted American Hustle scene proves, Lawrence would kick anyone’s butt in a lip syncing contest.
And even though she’s only 23, she can rock out to ’70s hits with the best of them.
The DVD and Blu Ray of American Hustle that hit shelves on March 18 contains a lengthy scene of Jennifer Lawrence in character as a frustrated Queens housewife, Roselyn Rosenfeld vacuuming and mouthing the words to a ’70s Santana classic. But that song and one she actually does lip sync in the finished film would have been well out of the Top 40 by the time the events of American Hustle take place.
Anyway, you don’t even have to buy the DVD. We’re going to show you the scene deleted from the American Hustle final cut right here.
Bear in mind that American Hustle, dramatizing the “Abscam” scandal in which the FBI nabbed several politicians accepting bribes as part of a sting operation, takes place in 1979 and 1980, primarily.
First, let’s review. In the final cut of American Hustle, Jennifer Lawrence rocks out to Paul McCartney’s 1973 smash hit, “Live and Let Die.” Recorded with McCartney’s post-Beatles band Wings, the song has a movie history. “Live and Let Die” is the theme song to a James Bond film of the same name.
Jennifer Lawrence does an admirable job with the number, considering that even the Guns ‘n’ Roses cover version, almost 20 years after the original, came out when the then-future American Hustle star was just one year old.
But the big attraction of the American Hustle DVD is the four-minute outtake — a Jennifer Lawrence lip sync to an even older track. In fact, when Santana’s recording of “Evil Ways” was released on the band’s album Santana, Jennifer Lawrence’s mom, Karen, was only 13 years old
Here is the American Hustle deleted scene in which Jennifer Lawrence gets her groove on to the 1969 track.