Jennifer Lawrence Laughs at Claims She's Too Curvy to Play Katniss
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Jennifer Lawrence is realizing that even a film as popular (and successful!) as The Hunger Games is bound to have its naysayers. The actress has been criticized for being too curvy to play the lead role of Katniss Everdeen -- but Lawrences is letting the comments roll off her back.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the 21-year-old star reportedly thinks it's funny and hypocritical that several critics have taken her to task for not being skinny enough for the dystopian thriller.
"Jennifer told me, 'This is hilarious. First, people say how so many actresses in Hollywood look anorexic, and now they are criticizing me for looking normal,'" the source told the paper.
While hunger and starvation are an integral part of the books, the film doesn't dwell on the fact that the residents of Katniss' district are starving. At it only shows brief glimpses of the food Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are able to feast on before the Hunger Games begin.
Lawrence, who had a strict training schedule to play Katniss, has admitted she exercises but doesn't diet.
"I hate saying, 'I like exercising.' I want to punch people who say that in the face," Lawrence told Glamour magazine. "But it's nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It's like, 'Here's your trainer. This is what you can eat.'"
Of course, Lawrence isn't the only cast member who's had to face the disappointment of fans. When he was first cast, Hutcherson was called too short and too small to play Peeta, and recently some racist remarks on Twitter made it clear that some fans were disappointed that Rue (Amandla Stenberg) was black, even though author Suzanne Collins describes her as having "dark brown skin."
"As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of 'The Hunger Games' family," Stenberg told Us Weekly in a statement. "It was an amazing experience. I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty."