The "Hunger Games" cast is learning just what it means to be part of a successful blockbuster movie-- dealing with ridiculous criticism.
Jennifer Lawrence continues to prove that she really is the "coolest chick in Hollywood" by laughing off critics who say she's too "womanly" to play the lead role of Katniss Everdeen. Manohla Dargis claimed in her review for The New York Times, "A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission."
A source told the Chicago Sun-Times that Lawrence was annoyed but amused by critics who thought she was too well-fed for the role. "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 relayed to the paper.
It's true that hunger and starvation are a huge part of "The Hunger Games" books, but the film glosses over those concepts. While Katniss might be described as exceedingly thin in the books, the concept of hunger as a method of ensuring the submission of the people of Panem isn't really explored by the film, nor is Katniss and Peeta's obsession with the food they are finally able to gorge themselves on once they are in the Capitol. With the film only lightly touching on these aspects, criticism of Lawrence's body type seems more inane.
Lawrence isn't the only "Hunger Games" cast member who has responded to ridiculous critics. Actress Amandla Stenberg, 13, exhibited pure grace and dignity when she responded to racist comments that the filmmakers had cast an African-American actress in the role of Rue -- despite the fact that that's how she was described in the book.
"As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of 'The Hunger Games' family," she 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."
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