Jennifer Lawrence Talks ‘X-Men: First Class’ & ‘The Hunger Games’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:16 pm,

Jennifer Lawrence went from being a little-known actress and star of a depressing-as-the-dickens indie film, Winter’s Bone, to starring in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class as the blue-hued Mystique and also the much-anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games as Katniss Everdeen.

Recently, Lawrence talked to Latino Review about her roles in both X-Men and The Hunger Games, the latter of which has caused a bit of a backlash, due to the intended age and ethnicity of the protagonist. Which is to say, not ‘twenty-years-old’ and not exactly ‘white’ – the age and ethnicity of Jennifer Lawrence.

When asked about being cast in the much-coveted role of Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence said:

“The cool thing about Katniss is that every fan has such a personal relationship with her, and they understand and know her in a singular way. I’m a massive fan, too, so I get it. She’s incredibly powerful, brave, and tough—and yet she has a tenderness and complexity.”

Indeed, Katniss is known for her proclivity to deftly lie as a means of survival. In the first book, she takes the place of her sister, who was initially chosen to be a part of the Hunger Games – a televised death-match for teenagers intended as governmental punishment – and is forced to hide her pain, fear, and sadness from the “audience” to strategically embolden her position in the games.

When asked why she decided to take on the role of Mystique, a complete 180° from her role as the daughter of a meth-cooker in Winter’s Bone, Lawrence said:

“It’s easy to get pigeonholed, so I think it’s important that when one thing gets really big—it’s a wise decision to do the opposite.”

Oh, and then there’s that whole ‘money’ thing.

On the topic of her experience on the set of X-Men: First Class, she said:

“I had a blast. I was living in London for five months, and the whole cast . . . we all legitimately love each other. We got addicted to hanging out.”

Good to know. Unfortunately, she didn’t provide any new information with regard to the forthcoming X-Men prequel – but at least we can take solace in all the fun the cast had on the set, I guess…

X-Men: First Class hits theaters June 3rd, 2011. Meanwhile, The Hunger Games starts shooting soon and is expected to hit theaters March 23rd, 2012.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. No doubt, money talks, but I think she’ll do a pretty good job.

  2. Yikes she sounds a little dumb. But smarts aren’t necessarily a pre-req for an actor.

    So – they whitewashed The Hunger Games? It’s getting a little ridiculous, this proclivity of Hollywood to do this, don’t you think? /sigh

  3. There’s an incredible fan-made trailer showing The Original Five First Class X-Men team at comicbookmovie.com Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey(aka MArvel Girl),IceMan, and Angel. It’s an awesome trailer showing what Fox could’ve and should have done as a total reboot. Fox sucks!

  4. I’m interested to see her portrayal of Mystique. I thought that the first X-men movies made Mystique into a one dimensional character with no dialogue and no story which is a huge shame. Mystique is an incredibly complex character that deserves more than one or two lines a movie. I hope they do the character justice in this movie.

  5. what’s with the negativity, ben? do you so much prefer hailee steinfeld for the role that you can’t help but swipe at jennifer with snide unsubstantiated remarks accusing her of monetary greed and a “proclivity to deftly lie”? every actor and actress in an ensemble film is bound to speak (truthfully or not) about how close everyone was, so why bring it up, especially with such spite? if there was nothing in the interview worth mentioning, which clearly there wasn’t, why even bother writing this article other than an opportunity to subtly rant against her? surely as a ‘journalist’, you would be aware of the implications of your carefully chosen words.

  6. I agree with nickel…ben, was it your intention to come off like an eighth grade mean girl?; …(“proclivity to lie”)??? what’s up with that?. Jennifer Lawrence seems very bright and very sweet and she’s an amazing actress…that “depressing as the dickens” film garnered Lawrence fantastic reviews and an Oscar nomination you twit. Who knows why you decided to go negative on this one…maybe Lawrence couldn’t do an interview with you or, The Clash of the Titans people are trying to drum up negative press because The Hunger Games is going against their film(and suckered/paid you into writing something mean spirited) …you really are that upset about Steinfeld not getting the role. Who knows…but, this is what I get from the interview…Jennifer Lawrence is a very sweet, talented actress, and you are a chowder head.

    • A) I think Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress. B) I was referring to Katniss Everdeen as being inclined to lie as a means of survival IN the Hunger Games. C) I am absolutely fine with Lawrence playing Everdeen and would’ve been indifferent to anyone being cast. D) I called Winter’s Bone depressing, but that’s not a bad thing — it’s a really fantastic and brutal film. E) Uh…is there anything else I can comment on here? Honestly, I think this was just a misunderstanding, guys…

      • the thing is, right after her quote about loving the character, you abruptly segue into the paragraph about katniss’s lying. the word “indeed” implies that lawrence too possesses this “proclivity” and therefore she must be perfect for the role! but only because she’s a liar. this being based on her lie about being a fan of the character.

        now we have two commenters, and who knows how many else who have read your article, opining that lawrence is greedy, or dumb. I can’t speak definitely for jensketch but maybe she became of this belief because of that last remark where you boiled down her whole interview to “eeeeee we had so much funn it was like a summer vacay!”

        maybe it wasn’t in your intentions to come off so harsh on lawrence, but there was a real bad vibe going through that article, man. like I said, as someone whose medium is defined by text, I expected you to have more control and awareness of your choice of words and paraphrasing structure.

        and jarm, far be it for me to bite the hand that agrees with me, but there really is no need for insults and names like “chowder head” :)

  7. Guys, Ben was talking about the character Katnis’ proclivity to lie, not the actress.

    • Thanks, Kahless!

  8. Oh and jensketch…what makes Lawrence sound dumb?…I don’t think she comes off as dumb at all however,you come off as uninformed; The author of The Hunger Games stated herself that Katniss was never intended to be biracial so, move on from that will you?. There is no whitewashing and you know it unless you want to disagree with the AUTHOR who knows more about the character than you ever will.

    • Actually, the author said she didn’t /mind/ Jennifer Lawrence in the role. She never clarified the bi-racial factor actually. I think that’s the point. She probably didn’t want to stir anything up after she sold the rights for a boatload of cash.

      And yeah, Jennifer Lawrence sounds dumb, in a young 20 ditzy kind of way. No harm in it. I also said that she didn’t have to be smart to be an actor, either. It’s neither here nor there. But she does sound dumb. And not just talking about The Hunger Games blurb, either. She was wonderful in Winter’s Bone. Absolutely mesmerizing. Because that’s acting.

  9. Katniss does not know how to lie convincingly.

    • Hmm, you and I read different books, then.

      • O, com’on. Peeta is the one able to lie convincingly. Both Haymitch and Cinna were always wary of Katniss’ ability to directly lie to the audience during interveiws. Even Katniss acknowledges Peeta’s way with words. Yes, Katniss can speak, but the power of her voice comes directly from her heart, not necessarily her mind. Do you remember what happened when Katniss agreed to be the “Mockingjay” and had to act for the video clips to be broadcasted by District 13? No one was satisfied with her performance. Not until, in the midst of her first battle against the Capitol, she delivers her heartfelt speech. I’ve read the books, I suggest you reread them.

      • O, com’on. Peeta is the one able to lie convincingly. Both Haymitch and Cinna were always wary of Katniss’ ability to directly lie to the audience during interveiws. Even Katniss acknowledges Peeta’s way with words. Yes, Katniss can speak, but the power of her voice comes directly from her heart, not necessarily her mind. Do you remember what happened when Katniss agreed to be the “Mockingjay” and had to act for the video clips to be broadcasted by District 13? No one was satisfied with her performance. Not until, in the midst of her first battle against the Capitol, she delivers her heartfelt speech. I’ve read the books, I suggest you reread them.

        • Sorry about the double post. I did not realize my friend was signed in.

        • I don’t disagree that Peeta’s ability to lie surpasses Katniss’, but I do think her acting ability is pretty convincing for the better part of the books, especially in The Hunger Games.

          • This is what Katniss says when she is practicing for her interview with Haymitch:
            —The next hours are agonizing. At once, it’s clear I cannot gush. We try me playing cocky but I just don’t have the arrogance. Apparently, I’m too “vulnerable” for ferocity. I’m not witty Funny. Sexy. Or mysterious By the end of the session, I am no one at all.—

            How can you say she can act? But that’s not the point. You said she has “proclivity to deftly lie” infered because she can supress her emotions and this enables her survival. Suppressing emotions is not having the ability to deftly lie. Her greatest attribute as Cinna says is that Katniss has spirit. Remember this?:
            —“ That boy just gave you something you could never achieve on your own.” “He made you look desirable! And let’s face it, you can use all the help. He said he wanted you. Now they all do. You’re all they’re talking about The star- crossed lovers from District Twelve!” says Haymitch”—

            None of the other characters believe that lying is Katniss’ forte. Katniss makes note of this by indicating that even though she does not lie naturally or easily, she can:
            —”Who can’t lie Peeta?” I say, even though he can’t hear me.”—

            But this shouldn’t be taken as proclavity to deftly lie, otherwise you change her character and make it less fitting for this particular story in which kids brutally killing kids. (Should this really be made into a film).

            Anyways this conversation has gone on long enough, don’t you think?

            • I guess you’re distinguishing between lying and pretending to feel a certain way for the cameras. I would call that lying, myself, but to each his/her own.

              • Wow. I am not really sure what you just read.

                No, I am not saying that pretending and lying are not the same. In the context of the book, lying, pretending and in fact acting, as you mentioned in your previous post, are the same.

                What I am saying is that Katniss does not have, as you stated in your article, the proclivity, which means the natural tendency or predisposition, to deftly, which means quickly or skillfully, lie. And in my previous post, I have tried to give you examples of why that statement is incorrect.

                The problem is that people sometimes misinterpret what someone else has written. Reading back on comments made by other readers, it seems that many misinterpreted your article has aggressive against Jennifer Lawrence. I didn’t misinterpret your article, as you did my last post, but stated that a single statement you made was a misinterpretation of a character written by Collins.

                • It actually doesn’t necessarily mean the natural tendency. It can, in fact, mean just being inclined to lie. In the books, and especially the first book — the one that is being adapted into a movie–situations arise where Katniss is inclined to pretend a particular emotion for the purposes of survival, which she manages to do quite deftly (in my opinion). I can tell you’re really passionate about these books, and good for you. But clearly you disagree with my opinion, which is certainly your right, and I don’t fully agree with yours. I don’t know how much more can be said on the subject.

                  • No, I am not passionate about these books. I actually dislike the overall plot, but not necessarily the themes, of the first two books. I also don’t like that it’s being adapted into film. The story is quite barbaric.

                    I am a graduate student and tutor young students on a daily basis, and so I try to familiarize myself with things with which they are interested. Sadly, I know many childish things I should not know at my age. But, I try to know them well enough to properly engage with my students. How else would I be an effective teacher?

                    Anyways, “inclined” is synonymous to “tendency”, and proclivity is defined as predisposition.

                    And of course I disagree with your statement. I have now said it a few times. Of course Katniss can lie, pretend, act, but it is not something she is fluent in. Yes, she is pretends to have the emotion of love for Peeta in order to survive. But she is neither inclined to it or deft at it. Deft is synonymous with skilled and quick. Katniss says:
                    —Haymitch couldn’t be sending me a clearer message. One kiss equals one pot of broth. I can almost hear his snarl. “You’re supposed to be in love sweetheart. The boy’s dying. Give me something I can work with!” —

                    I have given you a few examples that show that Katniss is neither inclined to lie until pushed (e.g. as with Haymitch sending her messages through the parachutes) nor deft at lying even when instructed (e.g. as shown when she is unable to convincingly do the District 12 promos).

                    You cannot rely on the fact that the audience was convinced of Katniss’ love for Peeta during her first hunger games as the bases of your statement. Why? Because, Peeta had already convinced the audience of this through his declaration of his love for her during his first interveiw:
                    —The star-crossed lovers…Peeta must have been playing that angle all along. Why else would the Gamemakers have made this unprecedented change in the rules? For two tributes have a shot at winning, our “romance” must be so popular with the audience that condemning it would jeopardize the success of the Games—

                    And Katniss had reinforced this, after the rules of the game where change to include two winners, when she called out Peeta’s name. And no, she was not acting here, because as she states:
                    —Before I can stop myself, I call out Peeta’s name—

                    Whatever lying Katniss had to do, she simply had to do it well enough to maintain the lies already in place. Com’on…who even reinforces the lie about their love? Peeta does, when he declares that Katniss is pregnant.

                    You seem to be stubborn against accepting advice. I am simply saying that your word choice for your statement, “proclivity to deftly lie” is incorrect. I have given you a few valid examples. You have given me none, except an attempt at wordplay and misinterpretation of my posts. If you had given me some good proof supporting your statement, I would have accepted it. My passion is in learning and in the accuracy of knowledge.

    • Agreed

  10. This is what Katniss says when she is practicing for her interview with Haymitch:
    —The next hours are agonizing. At once, it’s clear I cannot gush. We try me playing cocky, but I just don’t have the arrogance. Apparently, I’m too “vulnerable” for ferocity. I’m not witty. Funny. Sexy. Or mysterious By the end of the session, I am no one at all.—

    How can you say she can act? But that’s not the point. You said she has “proclivity to deftly lie” infered because she can supress her emotions and this enables her survival. Suppressing emotions is not having the ability to deftly lie. Her greatest attribute as Cinna says is that Katniss has spirit. Remember this?:
    —“ That boy just gave you something you could never achieve on your own.” “He made you look desirable! And let’s face it, you can use all the help. He said he wanted you. Now they all do. You’re all they’re talking about The star-crossed lovers from District Twelve!” says Haymitch”—

    None of the other characters believe that lying is Katniss’ forte. Katniss makes note of this by indicating that even though she does not lie naturally or easily, she can.
    —”Who can’t lie Peeta?” I say, even though he can’t hear me.”—
    But this shouldn’t be taken as proclavity to deftly lie, otherwise you change her character and make it less fitting for this particular story in which kids brutally killing kids. (Should this really be made into a film).

    Anyways this conversation has gone on long enough, don’t you think?

  11. I presume that the writers on here are grown men and women right? So why is it thatbthey so often sound like butthurt fanboys? I mean really. Hunter Games, its trash for teens. Enjoyable trash. Not citizen kane. Get over it.

  12. SHE’S SOOOOOOOO FREAKIN HOT!!!! AND WAIT, SHE CAN ACTUALLY ACT BETTER THAN MOST YOUNG STARS IN HOLLYWOOD! SHE’S SHOULD OF WON THAT OSCAR!

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