Jennifer Lawrence is “not pretty enough” to play Sharon Tate in a film about Sixties cult killer Charles Manson, the murdered actress’s sister has said.
Veteran director Quentin Tarantino has reportedly approached both Lawrence and fellow actress Margot Robbie to portray Tate on the big screen.
Debra Tate, 64, said of Lawrence: “Not that I have anything against her, but she’s not pretty enough to play Sharon.
"And that’s a horrible thing to say, but I have my standards. My pick would be Margot simply because of her physical beauty.
“And the way she even carries herself is similar to that of Sharon. Physical beauty wouldn’t be so important but Sharon’s six years of her public life were all based on that incredibly beautiful, natural, perfect look in both soul, heart and spirit. So that’s what I’m looking to try to capture.”
Sharon Tate, who starred in 1967’s Valley Of The Dolls, was 26 and eight months pregnant when she and four others were murdered in her California home by members of the so-called Manson family in 1969. Her husband, director Roman Polanski, was away.
Charles Manson, who directed but was not present at the killings, and three of his followers, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel, were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Asked about Tarantino, whose hits include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, the Kill Bill films and Django Unchained, Debra Tate said: “I’m not necessarily opposed to the project, but I am very concerned in how he would portray my sister.”
Lawrence, 26, the highest-paid actress in the world, rose to fame in The Hunger Games series and won an Oscar for her role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook.
Like Tate, she is American. Australian Robbie, 27, starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street and in last year’s Suicide Squad.
Brad Pitt, 53, has reportedly been asked if he is interested in playing Manson, now 82.