Jennifer Lawrence slammed for claiming to be the first-ever female action movie lead

By Samantha David December 08, 2022
Jennifer Lawrence slammed for claiming to be the first-ever female action movie lead

Jennifer Lawrence has said it wrong.

Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence received a lot of criticism after saying that her role in "The Hunger Games" made her the first female action hero in film history.

Lawrence claimed in an interview with Variety that "nobody" had ever cast a woman in the title role of an action film prior to her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen.

She added that men tried to exclude women from roles by spreading a myth about how viewers identify with characters.

"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," she said.

"And it just makes me so happy every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every one of those beliefs, and proves that it is just a lie to keep certain people out of the movies. To keep certain people in the same positions that they’ve always been in," Lawrence added.

Notable Twitter users swiftly jumped in to correct the actress, providing instances of high-budget action movies with female leads before Lawrence rose to fame.

"Sigourney Weaver (Aliens), Linda Hamilton (Terminator), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), any of the Charlie's Angels, etc. might beg to differ..." Dan Primack, the business editor for Axios, tweeted.

Meghan McCain, a Daily Mail columnist and a former "The View" co-host, acknowledged that she was "obsessed" with the characters of Ripley from the 1979 film "Alien" and Sarah Conner from the 1984 film "The Terminator" when she was younger.

Paul Lê, a horror movie columnist for Bloody Disgusting, only advised Lawrence to watch more action films.

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