Jennifer Lawrence felt 'scared' of The Hunger Games aftermath and almost turned down role

Ashley Bautista August 15, 2022
Jennifer Lawrence felt 'scared' of The Hunger Games aftermath and almost turned down role
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When you think of Jennifer Lawrence, you can’t help but picture the iconic Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. After the saga ended with its fourth instalment, the actress became one of the top artists in the Hollywood industry. However, J-Law almost didn’t take the role that helped to propel her into international stardom.

Set in a dystopian-apocalyptic future in Panem, one boy and one girl from each district are chosen each year to fight to the death. By becoming “tributes”, they are forced to compete in the Hunger Games. A competition that is televised until there is only one person left determines who will change their lives forever.

Katniss from District 12 teams up with Peeta Mellark (interpreted by Josh Hutcherson), as they both strive to survive. Romance, drama, and betrayal unfold throughout the four films.

As today marks Jennifer Lawrence’s 32nd birthday, The Focus dives into the time when the actress almost gave up on The Hunger Games. But her mother, Karen Lawrence, helped convince her to take the part.

J-Law almost rejected Katniss Everdeen

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It took a lot of convincing for Jennifer Lawrance to accept the character of Katniss Everdeen.

Though the actress had already made a name in the Hollywood industry by doing indie movies and becoming the character of Raven Darkholme/Mystique in X-Men, her reasons for declining to participate in The Hunger Games saga were over already knowing that it would receive the success that it got.

According to Marie Claire, during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, Jennifer revealed her mother, Karen, was the one who convinced the actress to accept the offer.

She called her a “hypocrite” for objecting to the size of the film and its great success, despite having liked the plot of the story. In the past, the actress said to accept roles based on the story of the film and its character, rather than its size.

Jennifer explained: “The truth was, in the bottom of my heart, I wanted to do it. I wanted to play this character. I was scared of the aftermath, but you can’t say no to things because you’re scared. You just have to go for it.”

The success of The Hunger Games

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Once the movie was released, it was a huge hit. As per Box Office Pro, the film “blew away box office expectations”. It began a new era for upcoming franchises in Hollywood.

The four films in total have amassed a shocking amount of $1.45 billion domestically plus an additional $1.52 billion internationally. Altogether, it almost reached the $3 billion mark.

For its first film, it bagged eight times the amount of the initial budget of $78 million. Each year, the movie increased its budget, based on the immense popularity that film received. Overall, The Hunger Games has kept its popularity. Currently, it stands as the 21st highest-grossing film franchise of all time.

It’s safe to say that Karen’s influence on J-Law has taken a major impact on her career.

Becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars

Not only did Katness Everdeen become a heroine for her district, but Jennifer became a superstar in Hollywood. The Hunger Games became a top-grossing film that had a female lead. This turned 32-year-old actress into the highest-grossing action heroine in the industry at the time, establishing her as a global superstar.

Throughout her years in Hollywood, the actress has continued with projects where the character resonates with her.

Seven years since the final part of The Hunger Games, Jennifer has appeared in nine other films. Her tenth project ‘Causeway’ is currently in post-production, where she participates as an actress and producer.

In her 16 years of career, Jennifer has bagged an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and three Golden Globes, among other prestigious awards. Her popularity reflects in her net worth of $160 million, as noted by Celebrity Net Worth.

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Ashley is a journalism graduate from Kingston University, currently writing for HITC, Reality Titbit and The Focus. She loves to travel and learn new languages and cultures. She also has an interest in celebrity news and the entertainment world. When she’s not writing, she’s on social media, watching K-dramas or shopping.