Jennifer Lawrence Replies to Criticism About Her Views About Female-led Action Films
Jennifer Lawrence has responded to criticism for statements she made on the history of female-led action films.
The Causeway actress has been chastised for implying that her performance as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games was the first time a woman led an action film.
“I remember when I was making Hunger Games, nobody had ever placed a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work,” she remarked in a recent interview with Variety.
“Girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead.”
Lawrence’s comments instantly went viral, with Twitter users pointing up Sigourney Weaver in the Alien franchise, Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, and Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill flicks as examples of female action stars.
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The actress has since addressed the incident, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “That’s certainly not what I meant to say at all, and I am well aware that I am not the only woman to have ever led an action film.”
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“I meant to emphasize how nice it feels. And I meant it with Viola [Davis] — to blow past these old myths that you hear about… about the gossip that goes along with that kind of thing. But it was my mistake, and the result was incorrect. I was nervous speaking with a living legend.”
Lawrence recently claimed that The Hunger Games franchise’s success has forced her to ‘lose control of her career.
“Between the release of The Hunger Games and my Oscar win, I think I became such a commodity that every decision felt like a large, big group decision – because I had no idea what a huge movie star does next or what Katniss Everdeen should do after this,” she revealed.
“When I look back now, I see those years as a loss of control and then a reaction to try to regain it.”