Jennifer Lawrence: Nearly turned down 'Hunger Games'

Tuesday September 11, 2012

TORONTO -- As Jennifer Lawrence prepares to start shooting the next installment of "The Hunger Games," she’s thinking back to how she nearly turned down the role that’s made her one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Lawrence says she spent about three days figuring she would say no to playing Katniss Everdeen.

The 22-year-old actress said she had envisioned remaining where she started, in smaller independent films, and that "just saying yes to this one thing could completely change my life, and I don’t know if it’s going to be for the better," Lawrence said.

She ultimately agreed to do "The Hunger Games" for the same reasons she does indie flicks -- and because of some straight talk from her mom.

"She was like, ‘You’re being a hypocrite, because you always say you don’t care about the size of the movies.’ Because when I was doing indies, everybody was always like, ‘Why don’t you ever do a studio?’ I’d say, ‘Because I don’t care about the size of the movie. I care about the story,’ " Lawrence said. "And my mom was like, ‘Now you have a story you like, and you’re not going to do it because of the size.’


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