Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence had revealed last year that she was not going to reprise her Mystique character again. Part of the reason was she hated being coated in blue paint which could be toxic and that her contract was up. Now, it seems she’s open to returning to the “X-Men” franchise again.
“Fassbender and McAvoy and I were all talking,” she told Entertainment Weekly (EW), “Like, ‘Will you come back?’ ‘I dunno.’ ‘I’ll come back if you come back.’ Fox should be terrified because the deal we made was like if one of us doesn’t come back, none of us are.” EW also notes that the contract of all the three actors expires after “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
This chimes in with what director Bryan Singer told EW earlier. “It’s kind of a conclusion of six films — X-Men 1, 2, 3, as well as First Class and Days of Future Past — and yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters.” Wait, wasn’t “X-Men: The Last Stand” written out of continuity with the way the timeline was altered at the end of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”? Well, whatever.
Anyway, apart from the money and the action-oriented role, why would Jennifer Lawrence want to come back again? It’s not really that fun to run around the sets naked, with toxic blue body paint. “You go in and you realise you’re rock bottom and like this sucks and it could not suck more,” she says. But she still wants it. “I would love to come back,” says Lawrence. “I love the fans and I love the character.” She does realise, though, the importance of a break; a much needed holiday from performing all those exhausting stunts and doing numerous takes.
“But then you realise how important your year is, like how important three months out of your year is. I don’t know. I shouldn’t be that honest.” Even Daniel Craig has moved on from 007 by turning down £68million (about AU$137 million).
It’s sad, because in digital movie cameras, you don’t need to worry about money wasted on bad takes as you have to worry while shooting celluloid footage. You can shoot a thousand takes and it’d only cost time and electricity. This takes away the discipline of the “waste not” policy of celluloid filmmaking.
Fassbender will hopefully have his own franchise now with “Assassin’s Creed,” if it doesn’t flop. As for McAvoy, sitting around in that wheelchair all the time must have seriously numbed his behind. It doesn’t make sense, except for economics, for him to become a crippled mutant again. The series should move on with the younger and newer characters. There is so much to mine from the rich “X-Men” comics universe.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” releases on May 27 in the United States.