This weekend, Jennifer Lawrence goes into spy mode with “Red Sparrow,” marking her second straight blockbuster genre effort (the previous being the sci-fi misfire “Passengers“). However, the actress might be returning to the world of prestige pictures with another movie from director David O. Russell whom she worked with on “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle” and “Joy.”
Doing the rounds for “Red Sparrow,” Lawrence rolled by “WTF With Marc Maron” and spilled that she could be in front of cameras very soon in a new project by Russell, saying, “I think maybe in the fall.”
“I don’t know where the ideas come from, I just normally get a middle of the night phone call,” she added. “His latest idea now that we might do in the fall, he was trying to pitch it to me, and it took like six hours, and I was like ‘What?‘ And then his latest pitch I was like, ‘Fuck, yeah, okay!’ He tightened it up.”
What the exact story might be is under wraps, but Russell and Lawrence have been batting around ideas for a while now. Back in 2015, the actress teased the following about something they were working on: “David is making something right now and the plan, so far, is for me to play Bob De Niro’s mother … I think that the more people give him crap about me being too young for his parts, he’s like, ‘Oh yeah, watch this’ — so we’ll see.” To be clear, this wasn’t in jest, and presumably it would be something where Lawrence would appear in flashbacks.
At any rate, Lawrence is no stranger to working with idiosyncratic, visionary directors, as evidenced by last year’s “mother!” She praises her relationship with Darren Aronofsky (noting they had “sexual tension” right from the start), and makes it clear that while “mother!” might be about the dangers of working with obsessive creatives (among other things), Aronofsky himself, in her experience, was nothing like Javier Bardem‘s egomaniacal poet. However, there’s one auteur whose latest film she doesn’t get and/or doesn’t really have time for: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Phantom Thread.”
“I got through about three minutes of it. I put in a good solid three. I’m sorry to anybody who loved that movie,” Lawrence said.
Maron tries to explain that “Phantom Thread” needs a bit more of an investment to settle into its grooves, but the actress wasn’t really having it.
“I couldn’t give that kind of time. It was three minutes and I was just [oof],” she said.
“….Is it just about clothes? Is [Reynolds Woodcock] kind of like a narcissistic sociopath and he’s an artist so every girl falls in love him because he makes her feel bad about herself and that’s the love story? I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know. I’ve been down that road, I know what what’s like, I don’t need to watch that movie [laughs],” Lawrence added.
Of course, “Phantom Thread” isn’t like that at all, and is far more complex, but the actress does clarify that when it comes to narcissistic sociopaths, she’s not referring to Aronofsky. Listen to her full conversation with Maron below.