May the odds always be favorable for Jennifer Lawrence for the backlash she receives for this comment.
During a talk for Variety’s Actors on Actors series with Viola Davis, which released Wednesday, the 32-year-old Hunger Games star announced that she was the first woman to direct an action movie.
“I remember when I was shooting Hunger Games, nobody had ever put a woman in the lead role in an action film because it wouldn’t work – because we were told that girls and boys could both identify with a male lead, but boys don’t identify with a female lead,” she said of her role as Katniss Everdeen in the 2012 film adaptation, based on the popular book series.
“And it makes me so happy every time I see a movie come out that breaks each of those beliefs and proves that keeping certain people out of the movies is just a lie,” Lawrence said, connecting Hunger Games. to Davis’ current film The Woman King. “To keep certain people in the same positions they’ve always been in.”
The film franchise made her a household name as she also starred in all four Hunger Games films.
Fans immediately took to Twitter to call out Lawrence’s Bluff, as many actresses were cast as leads in action films long before Lawrence’s 2012 film.
Fans pointed to actresses like Sigourney Weaver, who played Ellen Ripley in the 1979 Alien franchise; Milla Jovovich as Alice in the 2002 onwards Resident Evil films; and Angelina Jolie in the 2001 and 2003 Tomb Raider films.
“Jennifer Lawrence announced she was the first woman to ever star in an action movie… Obviously, she’s never seen Sigourney Weaver’s Alien franchise,” said journalist David Leavitt tweetedwhich in turn caused Variety to unfollow him.
The outlet reportedly even deleted a tweet containing Lawrence’s quote amid the growing backlash as the actress became a trending topic on the platform on Wednesday afternoon.
“Surely glad no one ever said that to Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton or Uma Thurman. You’d be pretty upset,” another user addedregarding Hamilton’s “Terminator” films and Thurman’s “Kill Bill” franchise.
“Oh Jennifer, I love you like crazy, but didn’t you see any movies at all before you got hired for Hunger Games? I know there are some actors who never go to the movies (Bob Hoskins was one, he never went to see movies), but I would have thought you’d heard of Kill Bill,” another asked.
“Why would she say that in front of Viola?! Involving them in their mess,” another demanded answers.
Davis didn’t correct Lawrence’s snafu, which happened fairly early in the pair’s nearly 45-minute discussion.
Later in the interview, the ‘X-Men’ actress admitted, “The biggest obstacle to my craft has been the press doing interviews. I’m always very insecure about my intellect because I didn’t finish school. I dropped out of middle school.”
Lawrence and Davis also discussed motherhood and the industry’s ideal body weight in the lengthy interview.
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