Jennifer Lawrence explained to talk-show host David Letterman Tuesday night that her Golden Globe acceptance speech -- "I beat Meryl!" -- was actually a jocular quote from the 1996 hit "The First Wives Club" and not a dig at Meryl Streep.
"It's never a good idea for me to wing it," said Lawrence, 22, who won the award for best performance by an actress in a motion picture -- comedy or musical for "Silver Linings Playbook." "But, yeah, it was a quote from 'First Wives Club.' BetteMidler was talking about a Globe -- I can't believe nobody's ever done it before -- where she says, 'Look what it says, it says I beat Meryl!' And it was so perfect."
In the scene Lawrence referenced, Midler's character, who is actually discussing an Academy Award, not a Golden Globe, tells Goldie Hawn's character, "Once you were a terrific actress. You even got an Oscar to prove it. 'I beat Meryl.' That's what it says."
"And then," Lawrence marveled to Letterman, "all of the sudden I hate Meryl Streep! I was like, 'Is that what this turned into? I don't like Meryl Streep?' "
Has she gotten a response from Streep? "No, [and] I don't know if I want to!"
Still, said Lawrence, who is set to host this week's edition of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," "I wanted to make a public statement like, 'Hey, idiots! It's a quote from a movie! And it's Meryl Streep!"