Jennifer Lawrence has never seemed particularly insecure about her choices. In fact, she is pretty darned confident.
Lawrence has been contemplating a return to X-Men since her three-film contract with Fox ended with X-Men: Apocalypse, which opens May 27.
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Lawrence’s contract coincides with co-stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult. The Academy award-winning actress told Entertainment Weekly that the group had discussed whether to be involved further with the X-Men series.
“Fassbender and McAvoy and I were all talking. Like, ‘Will you come back?’ ‘I dunno.’ ‘I’ll come back, if you come back.’
“Fox should be terrified because the deal we made was like if one of us doesn’t come back, none of us are.”
In her candid style, Lawrence reveals how much she dislikes the blue body paint required for her character, Mystique.
“You go in and you realize you’re rock bottom and like this sucks and it could not suck more.”
Enjoying the current mantle of one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood, Lawrence continues to wear it in a signature approachable, offhand manner.
She can clearly take her pick of roles, emblazoning her name in fame with the Hunger Games trilogy, and then proving her talent by nailing an Oscar for her role as a quirky young widow in Silver Linings Playbook.
“I would love to come back. I love the fans and I love the character. But then you realize how important your year is, like how important three months out of your year is. I don’t know. I shouldn’t be that honest.”
But X-Men director Bryan Singer makes it sound as if the series is taking a new turn.
“It’s kind of a conclusion of six films — X-Men 1, 2,3, as well as First Class and Days of Future Past— and yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters. Even my father, who’s 85, called me and said, ‘Is this the last one?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s not going to be the last X-Men, I can promise you that, Dad.’ But it does have a kind of conclusive aspect to it.”
Lawrence’s involvement may be moot, depending on which way the franchise wants to go, but X-Men: Apocalypse is getting panned by critics.
In an article entitled, “The Superhero Franchise: Where Traditional Movie Stardom Goes to Die,” the New York Times said that none of the actors look happy about the work.
“Ben Affleck, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence all play comic-book combatants the way Bruce Willis moped all over The Sixth Sense. At least he had an excuse.”
The Sydney Morning Herald agreed that the new film is “flat and stale.”
“…The ensemble cast is full of potential, but many of its members are barely given a chance to do more than show off their costumes and haircuts. While Jennifer Lawrence is not known for coasting, she seems to have lost interest in her morally equivocal character Raven.”
Hitflix film critic Drew McWeeny had kinder things to say about Lawrence’s performance.
“(Jennifer Lawrence) plays her version of Mystique with enough steely vulnerability to make it feel like she means it.”
He adds that we may never see an end to X-Men.
“I can imagine Bryan Singer making an X-Men movie every few years for the rest of his life. Sometimes he’ll get it right. Sometimes it won’t quite work.”
X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27.
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