It's not every day an Oscar nominee bursts into the studio, in the middle of a segment, with live cameras still rolling. However, that is precisely what took place Thursday evening, as actress Jennifer Lawrence emerged on "Piers Morgan Tonight," joining her "Silver Linings Playbook" director, David O. Russell.
Having just completed another show across town, the 22-year-old hustled her way through Los Angeles, dramatically appearing across from Piers Morgan, and instantly landing in his good graces:
"This is as good as it gets, the world's hottest actress, better late than never, young lady," proclaimed the host.
Tearing into an issue of "Rolling Stone Magazine," Morgan read a recent review, embarrassing his guest with each passing phrase:
"She's rude, dirty, funny, foul-mouthed, sloppy, sexy, vibrant and vulnerable, sometimes all in the same scene, even in the same breath," quoted the British television presenter. "No list of best actress Oscar contenders would be complete without the electrifying Lawrence in the lead. She lights up the screen."
Fully putting Lawrence on the spot, Morgan then proceeded to list the various adjectives, one by one, asking her to agree or disagree:
"Are you dirty?" came one of his questions.
"Well, I mean - I'm not dirty. What does that mean? No, I am not dirty," she objected. "I'm not afraid of dirt."
When Lawrence declined to agree with the notion that she's sexy, Morgan seemed dumbfounded:
"You don't think you're sexy?," he asked. "What do you think when you look in the mirror?"
Fumbling for the right words, "The Hunger Games" star attempted to explain the process:
"I'm just trying to figure out what to do with what I got. It's like, all right."
Earlier in the evening, as part of an interview that was slightly less dramatic, the program invited J. Cheney Mason for an honest and candid conversation.
Best known as co-counsel for Casey Anthony, the lawyer offered an update on his infamous client:
"Casey wants to have a normal life. She wants to be left alone. She wants lawyers to quit suing her in meaningless, non-meritorious lawsuits that can only be characterized as being done for their own publicity and aggrandizement, without merit. She needs to be left alone. And that's why she filed a petition for bankruptcy, so the federal bankruptcy court can help her be left alone."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Morgan is joined by one of Hollywood's most-celebrated young stars, and also the attorney for one of America's most-controversial figures.
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