Jennifer Lawrence Slammed After Bold ‘Hunger Games’ Claim

A daring declare. Jennifer Lawrence recalled engaged on The Starvation Video games and made a generalization that left moviegoers scratching their heads.

“I bear in mind after I was doing Starvation Video games, no one had ever put a girl within the lead of an motion film as a result of it wouldn’t work — as a result of we had been informed ladies and boys can each establish with a male lead, however boys can’t establish with a feminine lead,” she defined to Viola Davis in Selection’s Actors on Actors collection, which debuted on Wednesday, December 7. “And it simply makes me so glad each single time I see a film come out that simply blows via each a type of beliefs, and proves that it’s only a lie to maintain sure folks out of the flicks. To maintain sure folks in the identical positions that they’ve all the time been in.”

Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games
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Web critics had been fast to react, stating that loads of actresses kicked butt on the massive display earlier than Lawrence, 32, performed Katniss Everdeen for the primary time in 2012’s The Starvation Video games. Sigourney Weaver is commonly thought to be the primary feminine motion star, headlining the Alien franchise beginning in 1979. Milla Jovovich kicked off the Resident Evil collection in 2002 and even had a sequel in theaters in 2012, the 12 months the Starvation Video games hit the massive display.

Charlie’s Angels — starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu — ​in addition to Angelina Jolie‘s two Tomb Raider movies, Kate Beckinsale‘s Underworld flicks and the Uma Thurman-led Kill Invoice films had been additionally introduced up by followers.

“Lol however she mistaken. There are a number of pre-2012 feminine led motion movies. Three Angelina Jolie films and the Kill Invoice films shortly come to thoughts,” one critic commented by way of Twitter.

“She will’t even actually argue there was a regression earlier than Starvation Video games as a result of feminine led motion films really THRIVED within the 2000s with HUGE budgets. Franchises & film stars had been made. Angelina, Uma, Lucy, Cameron, Drew, Milla, Kate and so on. With out them she wouldn’t be right here.”

One other defended Lawrence, noting that her general level is extra essential. “Actually the dunks on this one are type of childish. Clearly there have been feminine led motion films. Nevertheless it’s ridiculous to say that they’re frequent. Lawrence’s bigger level — that boys will not be anticipated to establish with feminine leads — continues to be legitimate.”

Equally, a distinct commenter alleged that individuals are specializing in an exaggeration — however acknowledged that their response made sense primarily based on Lawrence’s feedback. “Its the hyperbole that makes folks consider the mistaken factor,” the Twitter person claimed. “She may have mentioned ‘there’s been a severe lack of feminine led motion films, that should change.’ Whenever you say NEVER, it appears egocentric aggrandizing and provides folks a purpose to argue with you.”

Whereas the Winter’s Bone actress first feminine motion star, her position as Katniss Everdeen within the Starvation Video games franchise definitely made an influence on the leisure trade​, incomes over $2.97 billion on the worldwide field workplace with 4 films. A prequel, primarily based on Suzanne CollinsThe Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes novel, is at present ​filming with Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Peter Dinklage and Davis set to star. The dystopian drama is about to hit theaters in November 2023.