Jennifer Lawrence talks Silver Linings Playbook

In the current issue of Total Film magazine (available now for only £1.99 on your iPad ), we go on set of David O. Russell’s crowd-pleasing romcom-with-a-difference Silver Linings Playbook .

On set we chatted to Russell and stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. You can read the full feature in the magazine, but here’s a few snippets of what Lawrence had to tell us about her contribution to the movie…

Battling against a host of the most talented actresses around, Lawrence won the film with an 11th-hour Skype audition, telling us: “I wanted the film as soon as I heard the words ‘David O. Russell’.”

Joining the project so late, didn’t leave Lawrence much time for prep. “I didn’t really research what it’s like to have an entire neighbourhood think that you’re a slut,” she admitted, showing off the snarky sense of humour that’s made her as popular off-screen as on.

And the role is anything but uncomplicated, and it requires her to go toe-to-toe with some formidable actors, not least Robert De Niro. She showed up on set feeling, “barely prepared… but [ De Niro ] was so supportive. He’s not intimidating, he’s just very comforting.”

When called on to unleash the waterworks, did Lawrence become an emotional wreck in front of Big Bob? “No,” she demurs. “When I do scenes like that, my body is shaking in between takes because of the adrenaline, but in my head I’m thinking, ‘I wonder what craft services have for lunch today?’”

Silver Linings Playbook opens in the UK on 21 November 2012.

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