Tarantino was initially interested in casting the actress for the part of Daisy Domergue and even met with her prior to filming to discuss the possibility of her joining the film.
“I’m a huge Jennifer Lawrence fan,” Tarantino, who selected the majority of the “Hateful Eight” cast before writing the script, told Entertainment Weekly. The director said he admires the bond between the actress and filmmaker David O. Russell and stated that their relationship closely resembles that of actress Bette Davis and director William Wyler.
“I can see her doing a good job with this role, so we went to talk about it and everything,” Tarantino said of potentially casting Lawrence, 25. “She was just doing me a courtesy to see me, I think. She was doing ‘Joy.’ She had to do all this publicity on the ‘Hunger Games’ movies. There was just no f—ing way in the world that she was available.”
“Having said that, I’m glad I didn’t cast somebody that young. I think I absolutely positively made the right choice, as far as the ages of the characters,” said Tarantino, who ultimately cast Jennifer Jason Leigh, 53, for the role of Daisy.
Leigh’s Daisy is a foul-mouthed, conniving fugitive, who’s bloodied and battered for the better portion of the film, which ignited accusations of misogyny.
In an interview with Variety, Leigh disagreed with those speculations, stating that she wasn’t concerned about audiences deeming the violence imposed on Daisy as misogynistic.
“She’s a leader and she’s tough,” she insisted of her character, which she credits as one of the best roles of her life. “She’s hateful and a survivor and scrappy. [Quentin] doesn’t have an ounce of misogyny in him. It’s not in his writing. It’s not in his being.” She added, “He writes very brave, bold, insane, fabulous women. Nobody writes women like he does.”
Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” is also at the center of a piracy scandal. The director’s latest film, along with a handful of other Oscar contenders, were leaked to piracy sites. The pirated “Hateful Eight” screener has now been linked to Alcon Entertainment co-CEO and “Point Break” producer Andrew Kosove. Kosove has insisted that he never had contact with the screener in question.
“The Hateful Eight” debuts in limited release on Christmas Day and goes wide on Jan. 8.