Acting requires much more than reading lines, and some entertainers make sure they go the extra mile to nail a role — even if it means taking a few unexpected field trips. Just ask Writer and director Lorene Scafaria, who revealed that Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez hit a strip club for Hustlers research. And not only did Lopez use her exotic date night for role prep, but she also shared the “insights” with Scafaria.
Suffice it to say, Scafaria was impressed with Lopez’s commitment to the part and to the film as a whole. “She’s obviously such an unbelievable dancer, but she trained so hard-core for this. Pole dancing is not like anything else. It required muscles you don’t know you have. So we did treat it a little bit like a sports movie in that way,” Scafaria explained to Vulture, adding that Lopez veered toward method acting to play a stripper named Ramona. “She and Alex went and visited a strip club, and she was able to give me some… insights,” Scafaria said, laughing.
Hey, sometimes you have to mix business and pleasure, right? Lopez and Rodriguez are both incredibly busy people, so they’ve gotta get quality time in wherever they can — in this case, wherever just so happened to be a strip club.
This interesting morsel of information is just the latest in a growing list of reasons that buzz about Hustlers has been massive. Another reason? The incredible casting. In addition to Lopez, the movie stars Constance Wu, Cardi B, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lizzo, Madeline Brewer and Lili Reinhart. There’s also the fact that the women are filming against the best backdrop: New York City.
Then there’s the cast’s Instagram hype game, which is strong. From sneak peeks of themselves in character (hello, J-Lo’s abs!) to behind-the-scenes footage of the women bonding in the Big Apple, the cast is certainly playing up the female empowerment angle of Hustlers — and we are here for it. The cast is also lifting each other up in interviews. In June, Stiles gushed of Lopez to BuzzFeed, “When I was in scenes with her, it took everything not to have my jaw drop because she does so many things you can sometimes forget that she’s a really legit actress, and she just stunned me. Beyond the nails and the hair and makeup and the jewelry and the Bronx accent, she just transformed into this other person. But it didn’t feel like a performance and I think people are going to be really riveted by her.”
So, it sure sounds like that date-night-trip to the strip club paid off. But, more pointedly, we’re already counting down the days until September 13, when the film drops.