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Jessica Chastain confesses she turned down role in American Hustle played by Jennifer Lawrence

Jessica Chastain is opening up about one particular movie role that she turned down that eventually went to Jennifer Lawrence: a role that Lawrence would go on to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. 

In a new interview with Josh Horowitz for the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Chastain, 44, confessed she passed on portraying Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle (2013).

The actress admitted she turned it down due to a prior commitment with the 2014 period film Miss Julie.   

Acclaimed: Jennifer Lawrence received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for American Hustle after Chastain passed on the the film

Confessional: Jessica Chastain revealed she turned down the role of Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle 92013) that eventually went to Jennifer Lawrence

In recent times, Chastain has been out on the promotional trail pushing no less than three of her new projects: the films The Forgiven and The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, which both had world premieres at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival last week, and the HBO miniseries Scenes From A Marriage, that also premiered over the last week.

But eventually the podcast conversation turned to roles that may have been, in some cases, regretfully turned down by actors and directors.

‘There’s so many parts where like, “Oh, so-and-so is going to do this.” And then they fell out. Or I was going to do this and the I fell out, so then this person jumps in,’ she said of the oftentimes tough decisions an actor must take when navigating their careers.  

Chastain revealed she wanted to do American Hustle but had already 'been attached' to the period drama film, Miss Julie (2014), that Liv Ullmann directed and wrote

Chastain revealed she wanted to do American Hustle but had already ‘been attached’ to the period drama film, Miss Julie (2014), that Liv Ullmann directed and wrote

Confession: Chastain made the confession about passing on American Hustle as a guest on the Happy Sad Confused podcast with Josh Horowitz

Confession: Chastain made the confession about passing on American Hustle as a guest on the Happy Sad Confused podcast with Josh Horowitz

‘It happens all the time and we never talk about it because you don’t want the articles out there like, “Imagine this person doing it,”‘ Chastain confessed, before directing her train of thought to her experience with American Hustle, which was directed and co-written by David O. Russell with Eric Warren Singer.

‘I’ll give you one. I love David O. Russell… love, love, love, and I’ve always wanted to work with him. And I got offered American Hustle, the Jennifer Lawrence part. I wanted to do it. It conflicted with Liv Ullmann and Miss Julie, ‘ she said, in a reference to the period drama film, Miss Julie (2014), that Ullmann both directed and wrote.

‘I had been attached to that [Miss Julie] for a long time and I worship Liv Ullmann, so I had to say like, “Sorry, there’s conflict.” And it didn’t work out.’  

Chastain brought up her passing on American Hustle for Miss Julie because of her new role in in Scenes From A Marriage, which is based on a 1973 Swedish television miniseries that starred Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson

Chastain brought up her passing on American Hustle for Miss Julie because of her new role in in Scenes From A Marriage, which is based on a 1973 Swedish television miniseries that starred Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson

The two-time nominated actress then joked, ‘And it’s good that movie didn’t do well.’  

American Hustle opened to wide acclaim from critics who praised the screenplay, as well as the ensemble cast that, along with Lawrence, also starred Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Michael Peña and Alessandro Nivola, among others.

American Hustle would gross just over $251 million at the worldwide box office.

In comparison, Miss Julie, which dropped in September 2014 and starred Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton alongside Chastain, brought in $45,494 at the global box office on a $5.5 million budget.

Bonafide hit: American Hustle received 10 Oscar nominations at the 86th Academy Awards and grossed just over $251 million at the worldwide box office; in comparison, Miss Julie made brought in $45,494 at the global box office on a $5.5 million budget

Bonafide hit: American Hustle received 10 Oscar nominations at the 86th Academy Awards and grossed just over $251 million at the worldwide box office; in comparison, Miss Julie made brought in $45,494 at the global box office on a $5.5 million budget

During the chat, Horowitz brought up how life sometimes has a way going full circle, considering her recent role in Scenes From A Marriage, which is based on a 1973 Swedish television miniseries, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, that starred Liv Ullmann alongside Erland Josephson.

‘That’s why I share that story, because honestly, she’s like a goddess to me and I worship her,’ Chastain explained.

‘Everything happens for a reason because Jennifer was also way better than I ever would’ve been in that part.                          

In demand: Chastain has three projects that premiered in September: the films The Forgiven and The Eyes Of Tammy Faye and the HBO miniseries Scenes From A Marriage

In demand: Chastain has three projects that premiered in September: the films The Forgiven and The Eyes Of Tammy Faye and the HBO miniseries Scenes From A Marriage


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