Jennifer Lawrence Was Unaware of the Rabid X-Men Audience
07.23.10 by Ryan
Jennifer Lawrence rose to prominence after her performance in the indie Winter's Bone received heavy praise. That movie's still enjoying box office success in its limited release, but after being cast as the blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique in Fox's upcoming X-Men: First Class, Lawrence is going to scrutinized by a much larger audience. The actress admitted to the Orlando Sentinel that she was not prepared for the attention that the X-Men franchise brings, saying she has "never done a movie where the title alone makes people go a little crazy."
I just got off a plane from London. I was going through Customs, and the guy asks "Business or pleasure?" And I say "Business." And he says "What kind of business?" And I say "Movie. Meetings over a movie." And he goes "Oh, What movie?" "X-Men." And he goes "Get OUT! They're doing another X-Men? Oh my gosh, who are going to be?" "Mystique." "SHUT UP! Mystique? She's HOT!" And I'm like, "Okaay. Can I get through Customs here?"
Lawrence claims she was "ignorant of the whole fanbase behind these films" but is quickly getting an education. Because production begins so soon, she won't get "a whole year to prepare," liked she'd hoped, so she started her cramming by watching the previous X-Men movies to learn more about her character, portrayed by Rebecca Romijn in the original X-Men trilogy.
When I got the part I dedicated a whole day to watching all three movies, and I really liked them. I was still a little worried, because I didn't really understand the whole mutant thing. But the script cleared some of my questions up, and knowing that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were already on board gave me confidence. I have to take Mystique back to the beginning, before she became who we saw later. I don't know exactly what I can talk about, but this is going to be fun.
The hardest part, besides dealing with the fans? Lawrence says it will be the "12 hours of makeup."