Now that Justin Bieber has managed to make himself pretty much persona non grata in the borders of the U.S. he headed over to the Cannes Film Festival and he even got to meet Jennifer Lawrence. While Rolling Stone have been speaking to Epic Records chief L.A. Reid about Bieber doing a collaboration with the late Michael Jackson on an upcoming track, the 20 year-old pop star headed over to France to rub shoulders with real film stars.
It seems that anybody who was anybody met up at the Hotel Du Cap for the Vanity Fair and Armani Film Festival party which was hosted by Giorgio Armani and Graydon Carter. Such luminaries as Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, and fan favorite gal Jennifer Lawrence were exchanging pleasantries with other Hollywood glitterati like Alfonso Cuaron.
According to the Vanity Fair reporter on scene, the 23 year-old Hunger Games star was just as excited to meet Alfonso as he was to meet her. Apparently she “shrieked” with delight when she heard that the Gravity director asked to talk with Lawrence. There was no information as to whether Cuaron was as equally vocal about his request being granted.
Rather interestingly, Justin Bieber was not even on the list as a guest at the Hotel Du Cap party. He was a “last minute” addition, which sounds suspiciously like gate crashing but he was brought in by Vanity Fair’s Elizabeth Saltzman and escorted around by Barry Diller. The IAC chairman was seemingly not bothered by Bieber’s signature trousers which hung down on his backside, like a gangster on parole, or his white moon shoes.
Jennifer was actually quite excited to meet the Canadian pop star and bad boy. She shouted that she wanted to meet Bieber the second he arrived at the party. According to the Vanity Fair article the “V.F. staff” stepped out smartly and arranged for the Katniss Everdeen actress to meet Justin. Rather telling was Lawrence’s refusal to have a photo taken of the magnificent moment. Saying she wanted to meet the singer as “real people” and not, presumably, as part of a publicity garnering activity.
At the party, or parties to be exact, Robert Pattinson, Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin were also in attendance. There was no report of whether or not the former Twilight star or Lawrence’s two Hunger Game co-stars met or were even interested in meeting Bieber.
Justin obviously isn’t going to let a few more legal issues keep him from partying down so despite his problems with a photographer and charges of theft there was no way that Bieber was not going to Cannes. The singer met Cate Blanchett as well as Rosario Dawson, on top of meeting Lawrence, and he tweeted to his faithful Beliebers a quick “life is sweet” post.
Considering Seth Rogen’s take on meeting Justin Bieber not just once but twice and how underwhelming the whole experience was for him, it will be interesting to hear just what Jennifer Lawrence thought about their meeting at the Hotel Du Cap. Of course the difference is that the American Hustle star wanted to meet Bieber and not the other way around. One thing is for certain, if the meeting did not go well, Lawrence will not be shy about recounting the experience in her own slightly goofy, amusing and endearing way.
By Michael Smith