Jennifer Lawrence Says ‘Joy’ Is Salute to ‘Women Who Are Unsung Heroes’

Jennifer Lawrence Joy
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Jennifer Lawrence on Saturday said her film “Joy” is a tribute to “women who are the unsung heroes of their households.” She also paid tribute to writer-director David O. Russell, saying she would do “anything with David until the day I die.”

Russell in turn said that in their third film collaboration, “She’s the first character we’ve done together who’s not crazy.”

The remarks came after simultaneous screenings in New York and L.A. of the film, which is the last big Oscar hopeful of 2015 to be unveiled. The Q&A session in N.Y. was satellite-fed to the Zanuck Theatre on the Fox lot. “Joy” opens on December 25.

Lawrence said the character, inspired by the real-life inventor Joy Mangano, “had a fire and gift that she had buried for 17 years.” The film is loosely based on Mangano’s life as a single mother of three who invented a revolutionary mop to great success.

Russell pointed out that it’s his first film with a woman protagonist and that the characters he wrote for Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper were inspired by “our growth together in the last five years.”

Cooper said when Russell calls with a new film, it’s an automatic yes, but addressed the filmmaker when he added, “I tried to convince you all three times that I’m not right for the role.” Cooper plays an executive with the Home Shopping Network, which became key to Mangano’s success.

De Niro, who plays Lawrence’s father, said it’s like being part of a troupe to work with the director and those actors again. When moderator Dave Karger of Fandango asked De Niro about the changing dynamics between Lawrence and him in their films, De Niro said it’s always been interesting and added, “She might play my mother.” When the audience giggled, Lawrence pointed to Russell and said, “We’re not kidding,” but didn’t elaborate.

The film features a brief scene of Lawrence and Edgar Ramirez singing. When Karger reminded Lawrence of her fear of singing in “Hunger Games” and said he was surprised at the “Joy” singing, the actress looked at Russell and said, “I know. He’s a d-ck.” But then she seriously added that she was scared to sing again, “But David’s so open that the fear seemed silly.”

When asking Ramirez about vocalizing, Karger added “You sounded good,” causing Lawrence to deadpan interject, “He didn’t say that to me, so just enjoy it.”

The session ended with each of the seven panelists — also including Dasche Polanco and Isabella Rossellini — being asked who was the person who always believed in them, Cooper said De Niro; Lawrence said “My mother and David.”


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  1. teriekwilliams says:

    The only sincere film about women in 2015 is Room and Mad Max: Fury Road. The rest are obvious politicized attempts at social gerrymandering (from Joy to The Hunting Ground).

  2. Shutupshexplained says:

    How can you characterize “Joy” as a TV movie or say Lawrence doesn’t deserve a nomination when you haven’t seen it yet? Do you also review restaurants without trying the food? Chill.

  3. Sharon says:

    I’m sick of hearing about this woman. Overrated actress.

  4. Sharon says:

    Looks like typical Oscar-baity boring shlock crap. Pass…..

    • guest says:

      No, it’s nothing like that. it’s a truly great movie. You can feel the passion and the heart of everyone involved in it.

  5. Steven says:

    Jennifer Lawrence will probably win her second Best Actress Oscar. She is amazing in Joy!

  6. Silvana says:

    Please, this film won’t win anything. And Lawrence either. It’s all about Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan or maybe Charlotte Rampling.

  7. Michael says:

    Best actress is going to be between Jennifer Lawrence and Brie Larson, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Lawrence wins it. Everybody is raving about her performance, this girl is unstoppable.

    • marie says:

      I have only heard people raving about Brie’s performance.

      • Daniel says:

        The Oscar will be between Brie Larson (raves, charisma, humble), and Saoirse Ronan (previous nominee, raves, emotion). That’s it. Joy isn’t lloking interesting and isn’t getting the same huge attention that Room and Brooklyn have.

      • Jim says:

        Yes Brie is very good but it’s her first nomination and she shares the movie Room with the equally good Jacob Tremblay. Lawrence carries Joy alone and people who have seen it are saying she is incredible.

  8. Stergios says:

    Can’t wait to see the film. Jennifer Lawrence is just incredible. Give her another Oscar already!

  9. Iván el Terrible says:

    It’s a movie about a chick who became the female version of Billy Mays by inventing a mop. A plot like that is more suitable for a TV movie of the Lifetime channel!
    What happened to the awards? They used to reward real movies with creativity and innovation, now they are given to TV movies with SJW propaganda.

  10. Jack says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic. She is getting more and more beautiful. She is like the female Marlon Brando.

    • marie says:

      Okay Jennifer’s super fan. Are you going to make the same dumb comment on every site you go on like THR? No matter how many times you said, doesn’t make it true.

      • Jack says:

        That is my opinion and it is true. She is the coolest, she has the looks, the talent…she is like the female, young Marlon Brando. Maybe I say that because I really would have liked to see them in a movie together but that won’t be possible unfortunately…

      • icy says:

        Marlon Brando??? Are you drunk?

  11. john says:

    I cant wait to see this movie. Perfect for christmas i guess.

    • S.E. Thomas says:

      Perfect for Christmas? She trashes, insults Christians & she expects those same Christians to watch her movie, praise her acting abilities & to gush n gaw all over her? Naw, no way will I waste $8 on a ticket. Instead, I’ll put the $8 into a Salvation Army pot where it will do more good.

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