Jennifer Lawrence recently sat down with fellow actor Viola Davis for Variety’s Actors on Actors series. The two women discussed their Hollywood careers among several other topics. One comment made by Lawrence, in particular, though, stood out to fans. It came when the 32-year-old made a remark about her role in “The Hunger Games” franchise, per Variety. Lawrence said, “I remember when I was doing ‘Hunger Games,’ nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work — because we were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead.” She went on to talk about how thrilling it is to see films that challenge this idea.
However, Lawrence’s good intentions quickly became overshadowed by her claim that she was the first female “lead of an action movie.” The comment caused an uproar among Twitter users. People were confused by Lawrence’s statement, as one Twitter user wrote, “Jennifer Lawrence claims that before the Hunger Games there were no female protagonists. Really?” Another Tweet pointed toward several female actors, including Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Angelina Jolie, and Milla Jovovich, who have all previously starred in action films. The rage continued as thousands of users shared their opinion on Lawrence’s comments, ultimately getting the topic trending.
It looks like “The Hunger Games” actor’s return to the industry may be off to a rocky start.