There’s no way around this: Jennifer Lawrence is sexy. As she’s made her way down many a red carpet since being nominated for an Oscar for her role in Winter’s Bone, she’s churned out look, after look, after look, proving that she has the bod of a certified Hollywood babe. But as fans flock to theaters this weekend to see Lawrence kick arena ass in The Hunger Games, it’s worth noting that she isn’t exactly sporting the body of a 16-year-old who supposedly spends her days hunting squirrels for food. The New York Times noted, “A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission.” In other words, is Lawrence too sexy to play the starving Katniss?
To be clear, this is not about Lawrence’s performance — EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum called it “as impressive a Hollywood incarnation of Katniss as one could ever imagine.” But for me, there was a slight disconnect at the beginning. The hungry people of District 12 are supposed to be gaunt and emaciated, yet our heroine boasts feminine curves, and healthy cheeks that scream “I’ve been eating more than just bread from tesserae grain”?
I fervently applaud Jennifer Lawrence for showcasing a curvy and healthy figure both in her films (see: the still for The House at the End of the Street) and on the red carpet. But in the dystopian society of The Hunger Games that has been devoured by war and poverty, it seems that our heroine’s body is nowhere near representative of the starving people of her District that were described so vividly in the book. So what wins here? Casting a young woman with a sexy, healthy body or maintaining the integrity of a literary (and now cultural) phenomenon?
Let’s open this up, PopWatchers. Do you think Lawrence is too sexy to play an impoverished Katniss? If you’ve already seen the movie, did this notion cross your mind at all when you initially saw her on the big screen? Let’s hash this out in the comments below.
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