In an interview published by Variety, actress Jennifer Lawrence pushed a rather absurd and blatantly false claim while seemingly trying to prop her career up as though it had shattered a variety of glass ceilings, claiming that there hadn’t been a female-led action movie before her big break with 2012’s “The Hunger Games.”

On December 7th, Variety published the interview of Lawrence where the actress asserted while speaking with Viola Davis that somehow her appearance in the 2012 film “The Hunger Games” was some kind of defining moment in American cinema due to it being the first time Hollywood put forth a female lead in an action movie.

“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. 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.”

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When it comes to a mainstream perspective, Lawrence wasn’t exactly widely known until her 2012 role in “The Hunger Games,” that became a four-film franchise and greased the wheels for the actress’ career in Hollywood.

But just because the aforementioned film franchise was Lawrence’s breakout lead in an action film, that doesn’t somehow distort reality into “The Hunger Games” being the first female-led action movie (although “The Hunger Games” does hold the title of being a blatant rip off of the far superior “Battle Royale” that was released 12 years earlier).

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As crazy as it sounds, there were movies made before 2012 – and ones that even featured ladies as the lead role within the action genre. Heck, in 2008, Lawrence was in a movie with Charlize Theron called “The Burning Plan,” which Theron had starred as the lead in the action movie Aeon Flux just three years earlier.

But obviously, women taking the lead in various action flicks spanned literal decades before 2005, as well. Going back to the early 1970s, actress Pam Grier played the lead in great action movies like “Coffy” and “Sheba, Baby,” and within the same decade, Sigourney Weaver kicked off the hugely successful “Alien” franchise. Furthermore, the first “Wonder Woman” film dropped in 1974, which starred Cathy Lee Crosby – nearly 40 years before Lawrence donned her role in “The Hunger Games.”

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And the list of films throughout the decades onward further emphasize how ridiculous Lawrence’s comments likening herself to being some kind of a trailblazer are, with movies like “Red Sonja,” “Terminator,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Bad Girls,” and “Kill Bill” – not to mention the female-led franchises of “Resident Evil,” “Tomb Raider,” and “Underworld.”

Basically, Lawrence is either completely inept in thinking that she was the first action heroine on the big screen, or she’s just so narcissistic that she’s content in erasing the accomplishments of the women from decades earlier in order to falsely take credit for breaking down a non-existent barrier.

Chances are it’s the narcissism – undoubtedly tinged by Lawrence likely noticing she isn’t exactly the box office draw that she used to be with those “The Hunger Games” movies.

While Lawrence isn’t exactly hurting for money, the movies she’s been attached after 2015’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” have been hit-or-miss critically and financially. Lawrence’s 2015 film “Joy” barely broke even financially, 2016’s “Passengers” was panned by viewers and critics, 2019’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” lost an estimated $133 million after production and marketing costs, and the positively un-scary 2017 horror movie “Mother!” couldn’t even make $45M in the theaters.

With the languishing box office pulls over the past seven years, it’s no wonder the last two movies Lawrence has starred in, “Don’t Look Up” and “Causeway,” were pumped out directly to streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV+.

It’s true that actors basically are professional pretenders, but that doesn’t mean they have to outwardly lie as a means to boost their personal profile – but Lawrence appears to be of the ilk who will gladly just make shit up out of thin air if it suits them in the meantime.

Then again, it’s hard to be surprised when it comes to profoundly dumb things exiting Lawrence’s mouth, as this is the same woman who, in an interview with Vogue earlier in 2022, exclaimed that she talks with her therapist about a recurring nightmare she has about Tucker Carlson.

Still, comments like Lawrence’s are a prime example of how out of touch certain people in Hollywood genuinely are and should serve as a reminder to moviegoers to give a bit of extra thought before lining the pockets of some of these cretins via patronizing their films.

This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on December 7, 2022. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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