Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt accompanied each other to Cinemacon 2016 in Las Vegas last night, and the presentation they put on to showcase the first publicly available footage from their upcoming outer space romance movie, Passengers, let audiences know how wild and risqué the movie would be.
The footage shown was enough, in fact, to make Lawrence blush and admit that the filming had made her uncomfortable. Indeed, every time she has to kiss a fellow actor, especially someone who is married and over a decade older than she like Chris Pratt is, Jennifer feels awful about it.
— Jennifer Lawrence (@JLawrenceDaily) April 12, 2016
“It was going to be my first time kissing a married man,” Lawrence said about her first kiss with Pratt during a sex scene they filmed for Passengers.
“And the guilt is the worst feeling in your stomach. And I knew it was my job, but I couldn’t tell my stomach that.”
Back when the scene was filmed, reports Vanity Fair, Lawrence even went so far as to call her mother to get the go-ahead before kissing Pratt.
One has to assume that Jennifer Lawrence has gotten a bit more used to on-demand makeout sessions since the sex scene was initially filmed back in November, because the surprisingly steamy kiss sequences that actually appear in the revealed footage (including Jennifer erotically climbing over a table to make out with Pratt and Lawrence locking lips with her co-star in a swimming pool) come off as quite natural.
Lawrence agreed with Pratt when he said the movie was an accomplishment to be proud of, so she cannot be feeling too bad about it.
— Jennifer Lawrence (@JLdaily) April 13, 2016
As for the actual plot of the movie, lots of it was revealed at last night’s event.
Basically, Passengers is an epic about a commercial space flight on which both Jennifer Lawrence’s and Chris Pratt’s characters are passengers.
“My character is a writer in New York,” Lawrence told her audience at Cinemacon 2016, “and she wants to be one of the first people to make the 120-year journey to another planet and come back and write about it. She’s very ambitious.”
Pratt elaborated on Jennifer Lawrence’s description.
“She’s glamorous, she’s from New York, she’s an intellect.”
Chris also revealed some details about his character, Jim.
“Jim is a mechanic and he is the type of guy who fixes things. He uses his hands. But in the world we live in, when something breaks, you don’t fix something, you buy a new one. So he’s become obsolete and wants to travel to a distant planet, to a new world and distant future, hoping he’ll be useful.
“[My character is] traveling on the cheapest ticket possible which means I can pretty much eat oatmeal and live in a small cabin whereas she has fancy food and eggs benedict and a beautiful cabin so there is a bit of a [cultural] gap… but as our characters rely on each other, they grow very close.”
First picture of Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt on set of Passengers !Wonderful script and very exciting project. pic.twitter.com/vnOw1oPKr3
— Stephane Celerier (@stephanecel) April 12, 2016
Of course, Lawrence and Pratt’s flight crashes, which is where the teaser shown at Cinemacon 2016 picks up.
The footage sees Pratt’s Jim wake up in the crashed ship along with Lawrence. The two hit it off, and the teaser shows some of the (sometimes sexual) interplay between Jennifer and her co-star. The pair nailed it, said Sony Pictures chair Tom Rothman.
“[Passengers] required two exceptional actors, particularly given the emotional and action gauntlet that the characters must run.”
He believes Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt were some of the only ones talented enough to pull off the story convincingly.
Even besides the raw acting ability possessed by both Lawrence and Pratt, the chemistry between them is undeniable, both on and off the screen.
#Passengers trailer looks great.SciFi with heart,humor,romance&thriller.Not to mention crazy chemistry between Chris Pratt&Jennifer Lawrence
— Robert Ronny (@robertronny) April 13, 2016
This was shown by the adorable unscripted banter Lawrence and Pratt engaged in after the footage was shown, something that Rotman followed up by turning to the audience and declaring “Everyone will believe me when I say that they have chemistry together.”
— Jennifer Lawrence (@JLdaily) April 13, 2016
Other than Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s performances, publications agree, the most impressive aspects of the teaser footage were the special effects, which included a breathtaking sequence of Lawrence swimming in the pool when the ship’s gravity suddenly shuts down.
Rothman commented to the audience on the astounding special effects after they were shown.
“I see that and I think to myself, ‘Let’s see Netflix do that.'”
Jennifer Lawrence and Passengers, which comes to theaters this December, seem to put that huge budget to good use. Will you be lining up for a ticket?
[Photo by Chris Pizzello/AP Images]