Jennifer Lawrence Talks ‘X-Men: First Class’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 11:15 am,

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In the last two weeks, we’ve reported on a series of X-Men: First Class casting confirmations – including Jennifer Lawrence in the role of Mystique.

A lot of times acting-talent is quiet in the weeks following casting announcements (as they’re often being prepped on their role). However, Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) is opening up with regard to her portrayal of Mystique – admitting she was somewhat of a blank slate with regard to Mystique’s background, as well as the X-Men, in general.

Speaking with the Orlando Sentinel, the 19-year old actress described her initial feelings about coming aboard a big-budget comic-book-film, directed by Matthew Vaughn:

“When I got the part I dedicated a whole day to watching all three movies, and I really liked them. I was still a little worried, because I didn’t really understand the whole mutant thing. But the script cleared some of my questions up, and knowing that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were already on board gave me confidence.”

Lawrence is no stranger to the spotlight, best known for her work on the recent indie film Winter’s Bone – one of the highlights of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. However, the actress admits that comic-book enthusiasts are not the same breed as indie film critics.

“I had no idea. I have been just ignorant of the whole fan base behind these films. I felt like an idiot. I had to call my mom and go, ‘Mom, I don’t KNOW about all this. This is before we’ve even started shooting, and it’s just CRAZY.’”

Despite her trepidations about the overwhelming nature of comic-book films, Lawrence is dedicated to bringing a character-driven portrayal to one of the X-Men’s most compelling figures.

“I have to take Mystique back to the beginning, before she became who we saw later. I don’t know exactly what I can talk about, but this is going to be fun.”

Sounds like she’s already learned the most important lesson of comic-book movie adaptations – when in doubt, keep your mouth shut.

Regardless of her young age, Lawrence has already demonstrated some incredible acting chops. X-Men: First Class is a good next step for the actress (showing that she can take-on a block-buster franchise).

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Lawrence may only possess a limited knowledge of the X-Men, but Mystique fans should still be able to rest comfortably with the actress filling the iconic blue prosthetics – as Lawrence won’t be mired down by what has come before. The starlet can truly discover how Mystique evolves into the complicated grown-up we know so well – exploring her dedication to Magneto, as well as what would cause her to leave Xavier’s school behind.

X-Men: First Class opens June 3, 2011.

Source: Orlando Sentinel [via Coming Soon]

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  1. yea, i still dont know who she is

  2. Yeah, but you got Face Time! Is this all they’re going to do, a meet and greet? Disappointing to be sure. You think that the studio would’ve allowed a prepped statement like: ‘My impression is that It’s a process like everyone goes through in life. We’ll see Mystique as she was and how that makes her what she is, personality wise, in the rest of the series.’ I guess that’s too much of a “commitment,” we can’t promise anything right now because until we get it on film we don’t know how it will work. That’s my estimate. Fox has no concerns for damage control from the last critical debacle and we’re lucky to even get the face time. They should realize this isn’t a petting zoo. If you don’t feed the animals they might feed on you…

  3. Uh, she watched the movies as preparation for the character? This doesn’t fill me with a lot of confidence.It is not that difficult to buy a stack of comic books. I really hope she does a good job but to me it seems like they hired someone without respect for the source material. Hopefully I am wrong but this seems like a bad sign.

    “I didn’t really understand the whole mutant thing.” Come on, this is not rocket science.

    • she is a brilliant actress i am 100% sure she will do a good job. she is wonderful

    • and she has had great training as well so she will be able to figure it out and get her character and everything together if she doesn’t already have it done now :)

  4. Hmmm im not saying shes a bad choice or a good one yet. However her reservations about the character dont fill me with confidence. She doesnt get the whole mutant thing? What?!?
    Okay Powers/Abilities-wise: its the easiest explanation out there(Even Stan Lee admitted it) they are born with the gifts or they just come around puberty. Simple.
    As a group of People: Research the Civil Rights Movement to get the feel. A group of ppl who want to be treated equally but are feared and percecuted. Hmmm everyone in America can grasp that concept. Is it really that hard? If you want to go indepth Look at MLK=Xavier and Malcolm X=Magneto… now if you were Black/Mutant ask yourself and do the Pros and Cons work to figure out why you might follow MLK or Malcolm X/Xavier or Magneto….what would lead a young black/mutant girl to follow the course of “by any means necessary” instead of “peaceful diplomacy”…. Simple comparison. I would think a professional actor… especially one being praised on the Indie(“smart,thought provoking”)circuit would be of sound mind and judgement to do that.

    Perhaps Im expecting too much. Who knows? Maybe she’ll do just that. Maybe she’ll knock it outta the park. Hopefully. But my confidence based on those statements is low.

    Hey maybe it doesnt matter… to look at the character of Mystique we have never actually seen her as a teen to my recollection. In the comics she is always grown even in flashbacks. She seems to be one of a few ageless characters due to her Shape-shifting abilities(She could be as old as Wolverine or Sinister???)sooo…. now that the premise of a teenage Mystique is now totally out of context… I guess it doesnt matter what she does. She can do whatever she wants, do no research, dont understand the character, setting, undertones, reasoning, or even what the movies about, potray Teeny Mysti however she likes since in the true mythos no such character exist yet.

  5. i did like 4 photo shops of jennifer lawrence as mystique and she can pull it off her looks are almost simaler to the comics