Jennifer Lawrence read to Manson family member Squeaky Fromme at Quentin Tarantino’s Once upon a time in hollywood, role that eventually went to Dakota Fanning. Lawrence had been talked about early on to star in the film alongside Brad Pitt, and many assumed he had been looking for the role of Sharon Tate, which went to Margot Robbie. Instead, Lawrence would star X-Men: Dark Phoenix while Brad Pitt would win an Oscar for his role as Cliff Booth in Once upon a time in hollywood – a compliment that some viewers disagreed with.
Once upon a time in hollywood is an installment in a trilogy of Tarantino films that reinvents historical tragedies with fantastic and victorious rewrites. On Inglorious BastardsHitler is successfully assassinated along with all the prominent members of the Nazi party. On Django unchained, an enslaved person can take revenge on every white person who tried to possess him. On Hollywood, the cult members of the Manson family who killed Sharon Tate are killed by Leonardo DiCaprio’s prima donna actor character, Rick Dalton, and Sharon Tate lives on. In one of the film’s most intense scenes, Pitt’s Booth visits Spahn Ranch, a home of the Manson cult, where he meets Fanning’s Fromme and is almost a victim of the Manson murders.
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Jennifer Lawrence read for Squeaky Fromme, according to Quentin Tarantino during an appearance on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron. Tarantino only allowed interested parties to view a physical copy of the script at his home to avoid leaks about the story. After Lawrence read it at home, it was decided that she would not have been the right person for the role. Tarantino comments on how much he respects Lawrence as an actress, but still considers Fanning’s performance to be “one of the best performances of the film. “Fromme’s appearance is short in the theatrical cut of the film, although it was probably longer in the supposed director’s cut of 20 hours.
Fanning expressed her joy at the casting, even more so at being able to act in a Tarantino movie, but also at having the opportunity to do so while playing such a complicated character. In real life, Squeaky Fromme would be convicted of an assassination attempt on President Ford. For Tarantino, while the Manson family’s actions were on some level on par with the Nazis and white plantation owners in the prewar South, his clear interest in exploring these characters on a layered and contemplative level drove your cast choices.
Since being cast in a Tarantino movie is now considered a legendary achievement for actors, Lawrence only gets one more chance to do so before Tarantino retires. The director has kept an oath to direct only ten films in his career, with once upon a Time in Hollywood being the ninth. Lawrence’s newest project, Don’t look up, has her star alongside DiCaprio, the couple who play astronomers trying to warn the world about an incoming comet, a dark comedy by The big bet Y ViceAdam McKay.
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