Although her image has become ingrained in the minds of fans of “The Hunger Games” movie worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence admits that she didn’t imagine herself as heroine Katniss Everdeen when she initially read author Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book.
One big reason, of course, was that she didn’t know at the time that “The Hunger Games” was destined to become a movie. In addition to that, Lawrence, unlike Katniss, is natural blonde.
“When I was reading the book, I didn’t imagine myself as Katniss. I imagined her, like everybody else, as a blurry brunette,” Lawrence told me in a recent interview.
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Of course, Lawrence’s perspective changed after filmmaker Gary Ross cast her as Katniss — an opportunity she said she earned after her Oscar-nominated role as a survivalist in the chilling backwoods drama “Winter’s Bone” in 2010.
Once she became attached to “The Hunger Games,” Lawrence discovered that a little hair dye can go a long way.
“When I read the script I pictured myself (as Katniss), because as an actor, if you can’t, maybe you shouldn’t be doing the movie,” Lawrence told me with a laugh.
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“The Hunger Games” earned an astounding $152 million during its opening weekend at the North American box office. Through Thursday, the dystopian action thriller added another $38 million to its domestic tally. Together with the $59 million overseas, the current global box office total of the film is $249 million.
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