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ANGELINA JOLIE loathes rising star JENNIFER LAWRENCE, sources say, because she believes “The Hunger Games” star poached a plum role from her!
“Angelina desperately wanted the female lead in the movie ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’” said a source close to the 37-year-old Oscar winner.
“It was a prime role with great dialogue, and Angelina campaigned hard for it.
“But once the director saw Jennifer’s audition, it was no contest. Jennifer blew her out of the water, and Angie was enraged!”
“Silver Linings Playbook” features a man with bipolar disorder, played by “The Hangover” hunk Bradley Cooper, who meets an emotionally unstable young widow named Tiffany.
Director David O. Russell says he initially believed 22-year-old Jennifer – who shot to stardom as plucky “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen – wasn’t mature enough to play Tiffany, and had Angelina pegged for the role.
“We had a lot of major actresses in town interested in the role, from Angelina Jolie to some other big stars,” he said recently. “Jennifer, we frankly thought, was too young.”
But Jennifer scored the part after auditioning over the Internet phone service Skype – throwing Angelina into a fury! “Angie was beside herself,” said the source. “She screeched, ‘What’s she got that I don’t have?’
“The simple answer is youth. Angie’s getting older and the big parts are going to rising young stars like Jennifer.”
Adding insult to injury, Jennifer earned both a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild award as Best Actress for the role.
“Angie’s seething,” said the source. “It’s a juicy, award-winning part, and she thinks it should have been hers.”