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Jennifer Lawrence claims no women were action movie stars before her
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Jennifer Lawrence claims no women were action movie stars before her

Actress Jennifer Lawrence made some alarmingly shortsighted comments regarding female action movie leads in a recent interview with Variety magazine.

"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. We were told ... girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead," Lawrence said.

"Oh, absolutely," replied Viola Davis, interviewing Lawrence for a program called "Actors on Actors."

"It just makes me so happy, every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every single one of those beliefs," Lawrence eloborated.

The first movie rendition of the "Hunger Games" series (the books were published 2008-2010) was released in theaters in 2012, meaning Lawrence's apparent position would be that there were no female action film stars prior to that year.

However, a rewind of 33 years may have audiences thinking of the most popular example of a female action lead, Sigourney Weaver in 1979's "Alien." Weaver went on to star in three more "Alien" movies as well.

There are several other action movie series starring women and predating Lawrence that she appears to have forgotten.

Milla Jovovich has starred in no less than six "Resident Evil" films since 2002, while Kate Beckinsale may also take offense, having starred in the "Underworld" films since 2003; she played her "Underworld" role five times.

Not to be forgotten of course is Uma Thurman, who starred in "Kill Bill," Vol. 1 and 2, in 2003 and 2004, and Angelina Jolie, who played Lara Croft twice in "Tomb Raider" movies starting in 2001.

Even a movie called "Nikita" in 1990 massively predates Lawrence's alleged breaking of the glass ceiling.

The "Hunger Games" star may also owe all three stars of "Charlie's Angels" an apology for stealing their thunder from a dozen years earlier.

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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