Sunday, May 22, 2016


  The bumps and bruises suffered by the macho male stars during the filming of X-Men Apocalypse are the fault of their co-star Jennifer Lawrence.
  Jennifer, who is usually up for a laugh and a bit of mischief, introduced them to a "punching game."

  But, she insists, she is not responsible for the way the game escalated into brutality.

    The 25-year-old actress initially conceived the game, which has complicated rules but basically involves people punching each other after making a circle with their thumb and forefinger, on the set of the Hunger Games movies in which she starred.

  "I technically brought the game from Hunger Games to X-Men but I am not the one who decided to brutalise everyone on the set," she told me with a laugh.

  "On the Hunger Games we punched each other but no one was trying to permanently, seriously harm someone."

   It was a different matter when her X-Men co-stars, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Oscar Isaacs decided to play.   

   "They punched each other as hard as they possibly could," recalls Lawrence when we talked in a suite at Claridge's Hotel in London. "I mean, James's arm was so black it looked like he had a flesh-eating virus. And James smacked Simon Kinberg (the writer/producer) so hard in the face that his contact lens popped out.

  "So yes, I brought the game but I didn't bring the psychosis that followed. There is a lot of testosterone in these movies and I will not take responsibility for that."

   Jennifer Lawrence has come to the end  of her three-movie contract with X-Men and, after the three-movie Hunger Games franchise she is moving on to other, more varied projects. She has the science-fiction adventure Passengers awaiting release and is currently rehearsing in a warehouse with Javier Bardem and Michelle Pfeiffer for an as-yet-untitled and highly secretive project from writer-director Darren Aronofsky.  

   She plans to try her hand at directing with a movie called Project Delirium and is writing a movie with her good friend, the comedienne Amy Schumer, who says of her: "She's the funniest, smartest person you could meet. It's crazy that she's so young."

  Unlike most young actresses in health-and-youth-obsessed Hollywood Jennifer is not bothered by the thought of aging.  "Aging for women is a much bigger deal than aging for a man. It's not really fair but it's life," she says with a philosophical shrug. "I can't change my gender and I can't stop crows' feet so I'm just going to move on and decay like everyone else. 

  "If you are worried about wanting to look younger when you're not, you're not going to be a very happy person. You just have to find other things to make you happy that are much more important."

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