Published On: Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010

Jennifer Lawrence discusses playing Mystique in ‘X-Men First Class’

Jennifer Lawrence, star of the critically acclaimed indie film Winter’s Bone, had no idea what she was getting into when she read for and then landed the role of Mystique in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming X-Men: First Class.

“Oh my GOSH! I thought I had a whole year to prepare, you know, play the role, wait, and then have the movie come out. Just get used to how big a deal it might be,” Lawrence told the Orlando Sentinel.

“Usually, when you make a movie, there’s just a title and that doesn’t do much of anything for anybody. Even if it’s a [Martin] Scorsese movie. Nobody knows what that title is about…I’ve never done a movie where the title alone makes people go a little crazy.”


Lawrence shares a story of getting through customs, excited fans and confesses she didn’t know how big this was.

“I had nooo  idea. I have been just ignorant of the whole fan base behind these films. I felt like an idiot. I had to call my mom and go, ‘Mom, I don’t KNOW about all this. This is before we’ve even started shooting, and it’s just CRAZY.’

Lawrence, 20 in August, says she started watching the X-Men trilogy, sating that ““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.”

The role of Mystique is quite an undertaking and Lawrence went to London and now “I have to do 12 hours of prosthetics. Oh man…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.”

She says the prep work is physical, which knowing Mystique’s image, we can believe, but Lawrence doesn’t sound confident.

“NOBODY looks good blue. Well, maybe Zoe Saldana. I am very curious to see how I’m going to come off in that suit.”

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