Jennifer Lawrence recants her contentious remarks regarding women in action films.
During a chat with Viola Davis for Variety’s Actors on Actors, the Oscar-winning actress stated that “The Hunger Games” was the first action picture to have a female protagonist.
“Before ‘The Hunger Games,’ nobody had ever cast a woman in the lead role of an action film,” Lawrence recalled. “Because it would not function, we were informed. Girls and boys can identify with male protagonists, while boys cannot identify with female protagonists.
Lawrence made the remarks while applauding Davis’ performance in “The Woman King,” noting the picture as evidence that Hollywood is growing more comfortable with female-led action films.
Silver Linings Playbook actress gave birth to her first child
This year, the Silver Linings Playbook actress gave birth to her first child with husband Cooke Maroney and rose to prominence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film trilogy, based on Suzanne Collins’s best-selling novels.
Online cinephiles quickly criticised Lawrence for the gaffe, citing Sigourney Weaver in Alien and Uma Thurman in Kill Bill and Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as examples of superb action heroines.
Lawrence is aware of the blunder and has stressed that she was not attempting to diminish the contributions of any women who paved the path for her success in the film industry. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence acknowledged her error. He said that she was only referring to a sexist mentality that was widespread when she began her acting career.
The first instalment of the survival drama was released in 2012, bringing to life the dystopian society of Panem and the annual Hunger Games, in which 24 tributes are forced to fight to the death.
Angelina Jolie was the first female action film actor
Reflecting on the blockbuster trilogy, Jennifer, 32, stated uncomfortably that she was cast as the first female star in an action film more than a decade ago.
Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, and Sigourney Weaver in Alien are among the other women who have starred in action flicks before the Oscar winner.
Although the Don’t Look Up actress made a mistake, she pointed out the lack of options for women in that film genre.
“That’s certainly not what I meant to say at all,” Lawrence said. “I am not the only woman who has ever led an action film. What I meant to emphasize was how good it feels. And I meant that with Viola — to blow past these old myths that you hear about … about the chatter you would hear around that kind of thing. But it was my blunder, and it came out wrong. I had nerves talking to a living legend.”