Quentin Tarantino reveals the role he sought Jennifer Lawrence to play in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.
Quentin Tarantino has spoken out regarding claims that Jennifer Lawrence was in negotiations to star in his Academy Award-winning film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
When the film was first revealed in 2017, it was claimed that Jennifer Lawrence and Brad Pitt had both met with Tarantino about appearing in it. Most people believed Jennifer was in negotiations to play Sharon Tate, a part that ultimately went to Margot Robbie. That is not the case.
Watch: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – Official Trailer
During an interview on Marc Maron’s WTF show, Tarantino discussed encountering Jennifer. Dakota Fanning‘s character, Squeaky Fromme, was being considered for a role.
Early on, in the pre-production of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, I flirted around with the idea of — and [by the way], I couldn’t be happier with what Dakota Fanning did, it’s one of the best performances in the movie. She’s amazing as Squeaky Fromme. She becomes [her]. But early on, I investigated the idea of Jennifer Lawrence playing Squeaky. She came down to the house to read the script cause I wasn’t letting it out. So, she came down to the house and I gave her the script and said, ‘Go in my living room or go outside by the pool and read it.’
As per Indie Wire, the director added,
So she read it, and afterward, we talked about it a little bit. She was interested in doing it, but something didn’t work out. But she’s a very nice person, and I respect her as an actress.
Tarantino was offered a casting suggestion by Jennifer.
But she goes, ‘Can I just make a recommendation for somebody to cast?’ I go, ‘Oh yeah, sure.’ ‘You know that agent guy that talks to Rick at the beginning? Why don’t you cast Marc Maron for that? I think he would be really, really good.’ Well, I’m actually thinking Marvin Schwartz should be significantly older than Marc Maron, but I see what you mean, yeah. If I wasn’t basing it on an older fellow, sure, he could do a good part with that. She was in there pitching for you, man!
Eventually, Al Pacino took up the part of Marvin Schwartz.