New Photo of Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in X-Men: First Class
Posted 05.31.11 by Ryan
Rebecca Romijn spent most of the X-Men trilogy in blue body make-up for the character of shape-shifting mutant Raven Darkholme, a.k.a. Mystique, the role Jennifer Lawrence will portray in the upcoming X-Men: First Class. Lawrence previously revealed she would only appear as the blue-skinned Mystique for "10 percent of the movie" in contrast with Romijn's performance. Despite the varying lengths of time in the make-up chair, Lawrence recently told MTV that following in Romijn's footsteps wasn't easy.
It would have made my job a lot easier if she wasn't the most gorgeous person in the world. I was like, "Really?" It was good [to watch Romijn's performance] because you can take physical traits, but it's an origin story so it's before she became who she is, so you do have a little bit more freedom.
Though producers had reportedly wanted to keep photos of Lawrence in full body make-up off the web until First Class debuts in theaters, but a new image reveals Lawrence in blue make-up from the waist up. Lawrence revealed earlier this month (via NZ Herald) that even though she would be performing in nothing but body pain, she was determined to keep her curves and not look like a "prepubescent 13-year-old boy."
I knew that if I was going to be naked in front of the world, I wanted to look like a woman and not a prepubescent 13-year-old boy. I'm so sick of people thinking that's what we're supposed to look like.
The process of applying the makeup took seven people and required Lawrence's body to be shaved, then rubbed with alcohol, spray-painted blue with five coats of blue and then finished with scales. Lawrence admitted to the UK's Telegraph that the process caused her skin to blister from the first day. "I have scars," Lawrence said. "I just got tired thinking about it. It was a long process."
The "process" required Lawrence to sit on a bicycle seat for eight hours while the painting and scale application occurred because, as the actress recently told The Washington Post, "you can’t sit in a chair because then they can’t get to all your good parts."
To get through the hours of sitting on a bicycle seat, Lawrence was aided by some advice she received from Romijn.
Her advice was mostly just kind of, don’t worry about it. Don’t listen to what they tell you. Because they tell you not to drink alcohol or eat spicy food, because they remove the make-up with alcohol. And she just said, don’t listen to that. It will drive you crazy.
Next Showing: X-Men: First Class
opens June 3