In 2013, the leading ladies of awards season were undoubtedly Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, for their Academy Award winning roles in Silver Linings Playbook and Les Miserables, respectively. But, it’s recently been revealed that things almost panned out a lot differently!
In fact, Anne was the original leading lady in the David O. Russell-directed Silver Linings Playbook. Harvey Weinstein, who produced the film, revealed that the actress, who was his first choice, and Mark Wahlberg were both signed onto the film at one point (eventually, Jennifer and Bradley Cooper took their places).
“David and Anne had some creative differences,” the studio head admitted to Howard Stern. “They didn’t see eye-to-eye.”
While the radio shot host pointed out that Anne must be “kicking herself in the head,” Harvey noted that it didn’t matter much, since she won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, anyway. “I said, ‘How the hell are we going to replace Annie?'” he recalled. “And then this amazing creature walked in who is a brilliant actress, and so much fun, and she won an Oscar [for Best Actress].”
Now, the 23-year-old is nominated again, this year in the Best Supporting Actress category for American Hustle.