Quentin Tarantino originally wanted to cast Jennifer Lawrence in The Hateful Eight. Unfortunately, despite the fact that the Oscar-winning actress met up with Tarantino to discuss the part, she ultimately had to turn it down because she was just so busy.
After writing The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino set about casting the film, and he soon came to the conclusion that he could “see her doing a good job with” the role of Daisy Domergue, so he decided to orchestrate a meeting “to talk about it and everything.”
Quentin Tarantino admitted to Entertainment Weekly, via News AU, that his meeting with Lawrence was always going to be fruitless though, declaring, “She was just doing me a courtesy to see me, I think. She was doing Joy. She had to do all this publicity on the Hunger Games movies. There was just no f*****g way in the world that she was available.”
While obviously a little disappointed that he hasn’t yet found the perfect project to work alongside Jennifer Lawrence on, Tarantino admitted that he was rather relieved that he was able to make the character of Daisy Domergue, whom Lawrence auditioned to play, older so that Jennifer Jason Leigh could then portray her.
“Having said that, I’m glad I didn’t cast somebody that young,” Tarantino continued. “I think I absolutely positively made the right choice, as far as the ages of the character.” 25-year-old Lawrence was originally approached to play the character of Domergue, but it ultimately went to 53-year-old Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Speaking about how he ultimately cast Leigh to star in The Hateful Eight, Tarantino explained, “There was a throwback to Reservoir Dogs quality to this whole [movie] so there was this kind of full circle quality going on. So I was like, the actress should be from that same boat as the [other] actors, and there were about three actresses from that period that really kind of made an indelible mark on me.”
Tarantino continued, “I started going on little film festivals of the three, and frankly, it was the Jennifer Jason Leigh film festival that I enjoyed the most.”
However, despite the fact that he didn’t get to work alongside Jennifer Lawrence on The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino only had positive remarks to make about the Oscar-winning actress, who picked up the Best Actor Academy Award accolade for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.
“I’m a huge Jennifer Lawrence fan,” Tarantino enthused during the same interview. “I think I’ve been on record of saying that her and David O. Russell’s relationship is very William Wyler-Better Davis like, and that’s a good thing to be like.”
It’s yet to be revealed if Quentin Tarantino is a big fan of David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence’s latest film together, because Joy has only been met with mixed reviews from critics.
However, despite only having a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Joy grossed $17 million over its opening weekend. Having being produced on a budget of $60 million, it’s believed that Joy will now go on to at least make its money back, while there are also been predictions that Jennifer Lawrence will secure another Academy Award nomination because of her performance.
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