Jennifer Lawrence responds after being mocked for claiming she was first woman to lead an action movie
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Jennifer Lawrence caused quite a stir recently when she said of her Hunger Games gig.
The actor said: “I remember when I was doing Hunger Games, nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work.”
However, people took issue with the whole ‘first woman to lead an action film’ thing, and were quick to roast Lawrence on Twitter, forcing her to clarify her comments.
People took to social media with comments like: “So what was Pam Grier, Sigourney Weaver, Uma Thurman and Mila Jovovich doing?” and “Linda Hamilton, HELLO. Sigourney Weaver? Angelina Jolie? Halle Berry? Uma Thurman and the ladies of Kill Bill? Lawrence is annoying.”
For context, Lawrence had sat down with Viola Davis for Variety's Actors on Actors and added: “We were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead."
Lawrence continued: "And it just makes me so happy every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every one of those beliefs, and proves that it is just a lie to keep certain people out of the movies.
"To keep certain people in the same positions that they’ve always been in."
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday (8 December), Lawrence cleared up her remarks, saying ‘that’s not what I meant to say at all’.
The star elaborated: “I know that I am not the only woman who has ever led an action film.
“What I meant to emphasise was how good it feels. And I meant that with Viola — to blow past these old myths that you hear about … about the chatter that you would hear around that kind of thing.”
She added: “But it was my blunder and it came out wrong. I had nerves talking to a living legend.”
Lawrence’s latest comments come shortly after she revealed Adele told her not to accept a role in a movie that ended up flopping.
Speaking to The New York Times, Lawrence discussed the movie Passengers, which was released in 2016 and also starred Chris Pratt.
She told the paper that Adele told her 'not to do it', adding that she 'should have listened'. Oof.
The film appeared to flop after its release, achieving a 30 per cent Rotten Tomatoes score.
The flick grossed $300 million (£262 million) worldwide and cost $110 million (£89 million) to make.
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