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David O. Russell Wanted Vince Vaughn and Zooey Deschanel for Silver Linings Playbook

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actress Zooey Deschanel poses for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival at The Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift on January 23, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival) *** Local Caption *** Zooey Deschanel
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives at the 98th annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage) Photo: Larry Busacca/2011 Getty Images

Much has been made of David O. Russell’s initial reluctance to cast the magical Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook (he thought she was too young), but try to wrap your head around this: He was originally going to make the film with Vince Vaughn and Zooey Deschanel. As in, Vince “I’ve Made Way More Bro Movies Than Bradley Cooper” Vaughn and Zooey “Bangs” Deschanel. Is this a sneak attack Oscar campaign to make us realize just how good J-Law was? If so, it’s working.

Russell Wanted Deschanel for Silver Linings