Jennifer Lawrence confesses that she took drugs to record a scene from her last movie
The actress, who stars in ‘Don’t look up’ with Leonardo DiCaprio, has also revealed that she received 4.45 million euros less than her partner despite being the one who appears first in the credits
The cast of the Netflix comedy Don’t Look Up, which premieres on December 24, includes such familiar faces as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep. A big production of which its director and screenwriter, Adam McKay, has revealed some details. The winner of an Oscar has revealed in a press conference for Yahoo! Movies – which Lawrence has also attended – that the film has a 16-minute scene of complete improvisation in which all the aforementioned actors have participated along with Jonah Hill. That is not, however, the only anecdote from the recording that they have shared: the Oscar-winning actress of The Hunger Games filmed a scene under the influence of drugs because her character was also during the scene.
McKay himself has narrated what happened. The American asked the director for permission to smoke a cannabis joint in a scene with Streep, since her character “is really high.” “And I replied: ‘of course, you can take drugs’, he has confessed with total naturalness. Apparently, the leading role in this scene falls on Lawrence, who makes a monologue of several minutes. “Everyone picked on me [during the scene], I guess because she was on drugs. It was easy to make me angry”, the actress added with a laugh after clarifying that she “was not pregnant at the time” to avoid possible confusion. Lawrence announced in September 2021 that she was expecting her first child with Cooke Maroney, a New York art gallery owner whom she married in late 2019.
Despite the good harmony that actress and director have shown during the press conference, Lawrence has a complaint about the production that she has revealed in the last interview that she has granted to Vanity Fair to promote the film. The magazine has shared, according to the Variety study that reveals the salaries of the biggest movie stars, that Lawrence was paid 25 million dollars (22.2 million euros) for the film, compared to 30 million (26.65 million euros) that DiCaprio received . The figures show the still existing wage gap suffered by women in Hollywood. “I was the first on the call sheet,” said the actress, emphasizing the fact that she is the one who appears as the main character in the credits of the production, even before DiCaprio.
“Look, Leo attracts more box office than me”, has admitted the interpreter of The good side of things. “I am very lucky and happy with my arrangement,” she explained, “but what I have seen, and I am sure other women in your workplace have seen as well, is that it is extremely uncomfortable to ask about equal pay. And if you question something that seems unequal, they tell you it’s not gender disparity, but they can’t tell you what exactly it is. This is not the only reflection that Lawrence has made during the talk, where she has also recounted that she experienced a plane crash in 2017 for which she was sure she would die, a highly traumatic experience for her that meant “a before and after” .
It happened when they were flying over the American city of Buffalo, at a height of 3,100 meters above the ground. The young woman has pointed out that thanks to the speed of action of the pilots, experts in her work, the plane managed to land in the city without mishaps. However, for a few minutes she was sure that they were all going to die. “I started leaving little mental voice messages to my family, like, ‘I’ve had a great life, I’m sorry.’ She says that, for the first time on a plane, she was not sure if she would survive and began to pray. “Flying is horrible” for her since what happened and, unfortunately, she has to do it often. her next trip after that traumatic journey, Lawrence has confessed that she had to cope with it under anesthesia thanks to a pill and with the help of “several mini-bottles of rum”.
McKay has also commented in her last press conference that she was the first to read the script for Don’t look up. In the film, she plays Kate Dibiasky, an astronomy graduate who discovers that a comet is approaching Earth. That’s when she and her teacher, Dr. Randall Mindy (played by DiCaprio), set out on a trip across the US trying to alert about the threat.