Jennifer Lawrence opened up recently about that squirrel-skinning scene in "Winter's Bone" during her Rolling Stone interview. When asked if it was real or courtesy of movie magic, the actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work in the film, said, "I should say it wasn't real, for PETA — but screw PETA."
PETA isn't taking her comments lightly. They released a statement to E! News responding to the actress' apparent dis. "She's young and the plight of animals somehow hasn't yet touched her heart. As Henry David Thoreau said, 'The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest.' When people kill animals, it is the animals who are 'screwed,' not PETA, and one day I hope she will try to make up for any pain she might cause any animal who did nothing but try to eke out a humble existence in nature," PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said.
E! News further reported that despite it seeming like skinning a squirrel didn't bother her, in an interview with E! in 2010, Lawrence confessed to getting emotional when learning how to do it for real when her brother's friend demonstrated the process. "He cut it open," she recalled. "And then I went and cried in the house and let him finish."
PETA predicts a more positive relationship between Lawrence and animals in the future. "That was just a throw-away remark and we have our bet on Jennifer ending up joining the ranks of other young celebrities like Natalie Portman, Lea Michele, and Kellan Lutz, who are using their influence to help animals," their statement read.