During an interview on Howard Stern's radio show Wednesday, Jan. 15, film producer Harvey Weinstein revealed that Anne Hathaway turned down Jennifer Lawrence's role in Silver Linings Playbook due to "creative differences."
"Does it drive you insane when you can't get your starlet, the one you know that is going to be right for the movie?" Stern asked The Weinstein Company co-chairman.
"It doesn't drive me insane because I've always believed if we can't get somebody established, we'll find somebody new," Weinstein, 61, said. "I'll give you an idea: Silver Linings Playbook was originally going to be with Anne Hathaway and Mark Wahlberg . . . and then Anne wasn't doing it. And she's marvelous, and wonderful and she was my choice, I love her."
"You made a move to get Anne Hathaway and you couldn't get her?" Stern asked.
"No we got her," Weinstein confirmed. "We had Annie and then we had Mark . . . then whatever happened, happened...Well, [director] David O. Russell] and Anne had some creative differences. They didn't see eye-to-eye."
"I bet she's kicking herself in the head," Stern said about Hathaway not appearing in the Oscar winning 2012 film.
"Well, whatever. I don't think so," the studio executive said. "She went on to win the Academy Award for Les Miserables -- maybe we're kicking [ourselves] in the head."
"Then Jennifer Lawrence and two or three other actress came in, and the minute we saw Jennifer Lawrence's tape . . . Because I said, 'How the hell are we gonna replace Annie?' And then this amazing creature walked in who is a brilliant actress, and so much fun, and she won an Oscar."
Wahlberg was replaced in Silver Linings Playbook by Bradley Cooper. In the film, Lawrence played a mentally unstable widow named Tiffany Maxwell who falls in love with Cooper's Patrick "Pat" Solitano, Jr., who suffers from bipolar disorder.
Silver Linings Playbook wasn't the first film Hathaway passed on that went on to become a big hit. In an interview published in the July 2012 issue of Allure, Hathaway said she dropped out of Katherine Heigl's role in the 2007 comedy Knocked Up due to a graphic birth scene she was not comfortable filming.
In his interview with Stern, Weinstein also confirmed that Hathaway will play Judy Garland in an upcoming biopic that will start filming this summer. He said the actress did not even need to audition, she just sang and Weinstein was sold on her.
Listen to Weinstein and Stern's full interview in the video below. He talks about Anne Hathaway around the 26-minute mark.