Being a stoner isn’t easy, especially if you have to perform a monologue next to Meryl Streep.
Lawrence plays a low-level astronomer with blunt bangs who smokes marijuana to calm her nerves after discovering a comet is heading toward Earth. During a Q&A in Los Angeles earlier this week, writer and director Adam McKay referenced how much Lawrence leaned into her character.
McKay explained that Lawerence asked for permission to smoke before a scene featuring Meryl Streep as President Janie Orlean. The scene had no spoken lines of dialogue, so Lawerence thought that it would be the perfect time to get high since “[Lawerence’s] character was getting high in the movie.”
Lawerence felt comfortable getting high on set since she had no speaking part in the scene, but McKay decided that this would be the perfect time to mess with her.
He said, “I kept turning to my script supervisor, Cate Hardman, and was like, ‘I just want to say, “Hey, Jen. I think I have a monologue idea for you.”’ And I would look at Jen, and was like, ‘I can’t do it. It would be too mean.’ So I left [Jen] alone.”
Lawrence joked, saying she was a target.
“Everyone was fucking with me. I guess because I was high. Easy to fuck with.”
Even if she is high, we can expect a stellar performance from Lawrence as she and Leonardo DiCaprio go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of the approaching comet.
Check out the satirical space comedy, Don’t Look Up, in theaters on Dec. 10 and on Netflix on Dec. 24.
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