Catching Fire shows Jennifer Lawrence as woman of many faces

January 09, 2013|By Dave Rosenthal

Jennifer Lawrence may be the best thing going for books this year. She helped propel the adaptation of "Silver Linings Playbook," and is starring in "Catching Fire," another Hunger Games movie. (Not to mention her role in screen versions of the X-Men comics.)

Entertainment Weekly's look at "Catching Fire," the latest installment of the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins highlights the flexibility of star Jennifer Lawrence. On the EW cover, she sports a futuristic jump suit and quiver of arrows, part of her battle gear in the fight for Panem. She's the picture of a feisty teen, ready for adventure.

In "Silver Linings Playbook," (another adaptation) she was compelling as a somewhat older woman battling psychological issues and the fallout from her husband's death. She was more frail and emotional than her Hunger Games character, and certainly deeper than her character, Mystique, in the X-Men franchise.

The new issue of Vanity Fair, which landed in my mailbox yesterday, shows another side of Lawrence. She's barely recognizable in poses that conjure up memories of movie starlets from the 1960s. In an accompanying interview, she speaks humbly about Hollywood: "Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies." But she also admits that she is awed by other actors and actresses such as Maryl Streep. Many faces indeed.

 

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