Jennifer Lawrence's mum made her do 'Hunger Games'
Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games fans have her mum to thank for changing her mind about taking on the role that shot her to superstardom.
Jennifer took three days to read the script and considered turning down the part of Katniss Everdeen because she was worried that she was selling-out if she accepted a big-budget movie. But her mum called her out on her decision.
"She was like, 'You're being a hypocrite because you always say you don't care about the size of the movie.' Because when I was doing indies, everybody was always like, 'Why don't you ever do a studio?' I'd say, 'Because I don't care about the size of the movie. I care about the story. And my mum was like, 'Now you have a story you like and you're not going to do it because of the size.'"
Prior to The Hunger Games becoming the new Twilight, Jennifer was an indie darling with an Oscar nomination for her breakthrough role in the small-budget movie Winter's Bone and later got a taste of blockbuster success as Raven/Mystique in X-Men: First Class.
But Jennifer, 22, was still more comfortable with small indie fares like Garden Party and The Poker House, and so she hesitated when the screenplay for Suzanna Collins' massively popular adventure novels landed in her hands. She figured she'd say no because, "Just saying yes to this one thing could completely change my life and I don't know if it's going to be for the better," she said.
"The truth was, in the bottom of my heart, I wanted to do it. I wanted to play this character. I was scared of the aftermath, but you can't say no to things because you're scared. You just have to go for it," she told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival where she was promoting her new movie Silver Linings Playbook.
She finally accepted the role with a little push from her mum and has now become one of the new most-wanted actors of her generation.
The Hunger Games, while making archery cool again—albeit as a sport, not as a weapon—has also led her to opportunities like starring with Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, a star-studded comedy about two troubled souls who fall for each other.
Jennifer will next reprise her roles in another X-Men movie and in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, the second in four movies. She admits, with humour, when she was told that Mockingjay, the last book in the trilogy, would be split into two movies, she didn't fancy the idea "until I heard how much money I would be getting".
"You want everything in there, but you don't have enough room and you're trying to decide what's going to get cut and what isn't," she said, adding that she's re-read the books. "So it was a relief on the last one to know that we don't really have to cut anything. We have enough time, we have enough room to really tell this story to the fullest, and we don't need to cut anything."
"So that's my artistic answer. It's a very diplomatic answer. But what I'm really thinking is yacht, yacht, yacht—and my own island," she quipped.
Source: The Huffington Post
Published: 19th September 2012
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