January 16, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence: “I Beat Meryl” Is A First Wives Club Quote

Jennifer Lawrence has set the record straight about her “What does it say? I beat Meryl” comment in her Golden Globes acceptance speech for best actress in a motion picture comedy. During an interview with David Letterman on Tuesday’s The Late Show Lawrence said she meant no disrespect towards Meryl Streep; she was simply quoting a line from the 1996 movie First Wives Club starring Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn.

"It's never a good idea for me to wing it, but it was a quote from First Wives Club!" the Silver Linings Playbook actress explained. "Bette Midler was talking about a Globe -- I can't believe nobody has ever done it before -- where she says, 'Look what it says, it says I beat Meryl.'"

The comment prompted some viewers, including Lindsay Lohan, to criticize Lawrence’s choice of words. "No one should ever mess with a legend, such as Meryl Streep," Lohan tweeted.

Lawrence is sure she did not offend Streep. "First of all, it's Meryl Streep. You can't offend Meryl Streep. And then all of the sudden I hate Meryl Streep. Is that what this turned into? I don't like Meryl Streep? As if I had my eyes on getting that girl forever and I was like, 'Finally! I knew it would happen one day!'"

"I wanted to make a public statement and say, 'Hey idiots. It's a quote from a movie,'" Lawrence added.
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