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Jennifer Lawrence clarifies female-led action movie comments


She’s testifying in the court of JLaw.

Following a firestorm of criticism, actress Jennifer Lawrence is clarifying false remarks she made earlier concerning woman-led action movies. The Oscar-winning actress issued the alleged correction Thursday while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter.

“It was my blunder and it came out wrong,” Lawrence, 32, admitted in the interview regarding her alleged slip of the tongue.

The controversy was initially sparked a day earlier after “American Hustle” star declared herself the first ever female action lead during an interview for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series with Viola Davis.

“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,” Lawrence claimed while describing her role as Katniss Everdeen in the 2012 film adaptation based on the popular book series.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games" (2012).
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” (2012).
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Jennifer Lawrence speaks onstage during The 2022 Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2022 in New York City.
Jennifer Lawrence speaks onstage during The 2022 Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2022, in New York City.
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Jennifer Lawrence from the film "Causeway" speaks onstage during Contenders Film: Los Angeles at DGA Theater Complex on November 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Jennifer Lawrence from the film “Causeway” speaks onstage during Contenders Film: Los Angeles at DGA Theater Complex on November 19, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.
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Her comments ignited a tsunami of backlash with film buffs noting that there had been a number of female action stars long before her 2012 flick.

They listed examples ranging from Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” franchise starting in 1979 to Angelina Jolie in the 2001 and 2003 “Tomb Raider” movies.

Needless to say, the Kentucky native was quick to walk back her remarks. “That’s certainly not what I meant to say at all,” Lawrence clarified to THR. “I know that I am not the only woman who has ever led an action film.”

Sigourney Weave in "Alien" (1979).
Sigourney Weave in “Alien” (1979).
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Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in "Tomb Raider" (2001).
Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider” (2001).
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She explained that she “meant to emphasize how good it feels to blow past these old myths” regarding gender bias in Hollywood.

Ultimately, Lawrence said she’d made a mistake because she was nervous talking to a “living legend” in Davis.



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