“I saved the film!”: Robert De Niro’s Co-star Helped Fix a Crucial Error on $236M Film That Got Jennifer Lawrence Her First Oscar Win at 22

Jacki Weaver's math saved the film from making a grave mistake in the plot that would have invited a lot of critique

robert de niro’s co-star helped fix a crucial error on $236m film that got jennifer lawrence her first oscar win at 22

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  • Jacki Weaver starred alongside Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence in the film, Silver Linings Playbook
  • The actress noticed a huge math mistake in one of the scenes with the ballroom dances
  • Weaver realized that the math in the scene did not add up and informed the producers, who fixed it
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Robert De Niro has been a part of some amazing movies that also include some of the biggest stars and directors. From The Intern to Killers of the Flower Moon, there is a range of films that just boost his career in the best possible manner. He has displayed his talent in the utmost beautiful manner, gaining great respect for his work.

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Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix in a still from Joker
Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix in a still from Joker

One such film was the Silver Linings Playbook. This was a film that was loved and adored by many. Starring De Niro alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, it handled various themes and tropes beautifully. More so, it got Lawrence her first Oscar win, making her one of the youngest actresses to do so. Jacki Weaver, who starred with them supposedly saved the film thanks to her math skills.

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Robert De Niro’s Silver Linings Playbook Co-Star Saved the Film

Robert De Niro’s film, Silver Linings Playbook impacted the world in a way no one had imagined. The film was a big hit, getting one Oscar nomination after another. According to IMDb, Jacki Weaver, who played Dolores in the film noticed something that could have very easily been taken as a crucial error. Lucky for the producers, she caught the mistake and made them fix it.

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A still from Silver Linings Playbook
A still from Silver Linings Playbook

“I was sitting there with three hundred other people in the ballroom watching the dance scene”, she added. “It’s crucial that they get five points in order to win the parlay bet. The judges kept holding up their scores in take after take. I’m not great at math.”

The scene in question was situated in a ballroom where a dance was taking place. It was the most crucial dance of the film, one that was needed for the main characters to gain five points from the judges. One that would allow them to win the parlay bet.

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Math Saves the Day

Jacki Weaver, according to IMDb, had stated that despite her math being somewhat poor, she noticed a flaw in the scene. The scorecards that the judges were using were supposed to add up to five. However, there was an error in the calculation and that was nowhere near the case.

Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

“I kept adding them up thinking, ‘That doesn’t add up to five.’ So I told one of the producers that it didn’t average five, and he said, ‘Oh my God!’, and they changed it. So yeah, I saved the film.”

She went and told the same to the producers, bringing the matter to light. The moment they realized it, they changed the scorecards, making sure they added up to five. In the end, Weaver regarded herself to have saved the film.

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Adya Godboley

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is an Assistant Content Lead for FandomWire. She has rich experience in critically analyzing all that is said in between the lines. Hopelessly obsessed with Greek Mythology, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English from K.R. Mangalam University. Adya has written over 1300 articles on various topics expressing her passion and love for all things entertainment.