Jennifer Lawrence has "two left feet" when it comes to dancing.
The Hunger Games actress struggled when she had to shoot scenes for her role as a dance expert in upcoming film Silver Linings Playbook - based on author Matthew Quick's best-seller - because she has no rhythm or co-ordination. Jennifer's character Tiffany is a grieving widow who helps former teacher/mental institution patient Pat - played by Bradley Cooper - win back his wife. Only there is one condition, he has to partner her in a dance competition.
"I have two left feet, and I'm not exactly a graceful mover. Bradley's the one who can dance - and he's not supposed to know how to!" she told The Daily Mail.
The 22-year-old beauty didn't expect to be offered the role, joking that she didn't think they'd hire a "klutz." However, she wowed director David O. Russell - who directed Oscar-winning film The Fighter - with an audition conducted via internet video chat service Skype.
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis play rival ballerinas in Black Swan, but this film isn’t made for little girls.
The dark thriller revolves around a New York ballet company which is staging a performance of Swan Lake. Portman’s character is picked to dance the lead role, but the arrival of a new dancer (Kunis) creates new tension and competition.
Kunis stretches her villain chops in the flick, which will be released December 1.
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Penelope Cruz found working on her latest film, Nine, addictive.
The Broken Embraces actress formed a strong bond with her co-stars on the musical, which included Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard, and particularly enjoyed their dance training.
“It was scary, but it was so much fun. It was great seeing that we were all feeling the same way. There was a great support system on that set, all the actors with each other and with Rob Marshall, the director. I had danced classical ballet before, so this was very different from what I had studied. We had a room in our building and we were all taking different classes. We would all pass each other in the hallway. All day, training. We all felt so free and so happy. Music was so present everywhere. That elevates people, music. It was so addictive, that experience.”
Rob admits he was amazed by the actress’ work ethic and dedication to giving the best possible performance while filming: “She knew we had to get in there and really be great, so she came in and worked like nobody’s business. She was the first one there and the last one to leave. She’d always want one more take. She’s a real perfectionist.”
Daniel Day-Lewis didn’t think his singing and dancing was good enough to star in new musical movie Nine.
The Oscar-winning actor, who plays Italian film director Guido Contini in the hotly-anticipated film, had a crisis of confidence and asked the director Rob Marshall if there was anyone else who could take his role, because he had no confidence in his voice.
“I did say to Rob in the early stages, ‘Is there anyway of getting out of this? I have a list of actors who could do it tomorrow!’ He tried to convince me I could sing and I said, ‘You’ve no idea if I can sing or not!’ I sang feebly a couple of times, and on the grounds of that Rob managed to convince me it was worth pursuing.”
The 52-year-old actor, who is famous for his method acting, also joked that dancing was difficult because his body is so “creaky”: “I can do a lot of stuff, I can climb, I can run, I can cycle, I can box, but I can’t dance. I used a lot of 3-in-1 to lubricate those stiff joints. It’s not natural grace - that’s sheer effort of will. My limbs are a mass of scar tissue through years of doing things I shouldn’t have.”
Daniel stars in Nine alongside Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench and Nicole Kidman.
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