(NEW YORK) — Many critics felt Jennifer Lawrence was a lock for a best actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook — and they turned out to be right Sunday night — but she nearly lost out on the role.
Producer John Gordon told ABC News Radio that director David O. Russell had some reservations about the actress before she auditioned for him.
“She was actually right at the last minute,” the producer explained. “Every actress in Hollywood wanted to play this part…and she had read the script and really wanted to do it, and David originally thought she was too young.”
At the time, Lawrence was 20, Gordon explained, but any reservations about Lawrence went out the window after a seemingly unconventional audition.
“She Skyped her audition from her parent’s house in Louisville, Ky., and it was unquestionable at that moment that she was the person to play the part,” Gordon said.
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