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After a firestorm of criticism, actress Jennifer Lawrence is clarifying comments she previously made regarding female-led action films. 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 the “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 did ‘Hunger Games,’ nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work — because we were told that girls and boys could both identify with a male lead, but boys can’t identify with a female lead,” Lawrence said while describing her role as Katniss Everdeen in the 2012 film adaptation based on the popular book series.
Her comments sparked a tsunami of backlash with movie buffs noting that there had been a number of female action stars long before her 2012 film.
They cited examples ranging from Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” franchise that began in 1979 to Angelina Jolie in the 2001 and 2003 “Tomb Raider” films.
Needless to say, the Kentucky native quickly walked back her comments. “That’s definitely not what I meant to say,” Lawrence told THR. “I know I’m not the only woman to ever direct an action movie.”
She explained that she “meant to emphasize how good it feels to blow past these old myths” regarding gender bias in Hollywood.
In the end, Lawrence said she made a mistake because she was nervous talking to a “living legend” in Davis.