Jennifer Lawrence Seems To Think She Was The First Female Action Lead For Her Role In ‘Hunger Games’

Written by K. Walker on December 7, 2022


You’d think that a successful actress would know that there were some pretty huge names that went before her in the genre that made her famous.

It’s apparently not enough that Jennifer Lawrence has become a huge star after her role as Katniss Everdeen in the wildly popular “Hunger Games” franchise — she now has to rewrite history and cast herself as the first female action lead ever.

Variety’s “Actors on Actors” featured Lawrence and actress Viola Davis discussing their new movies, “Causeway” and “The Woman King”, respectively.

During the conversation, Lawrence said that Hollywood hadn’t cast a female action hero before her 2012 role in “The Hunger Games” because “it wouldn’t work.”

“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 — because we were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead,” said Lawrence to Davis who just nodded along.

Davis didn’t seem to realize that Lawrence was essentially saying that she had personally paved the way for “The Woman King” to exist.

Really?

So, what the hell was Sigourney Weaver doing in this 1979 classic?

That’s the obvious one, but there are tons of others — Carrie Fisher, Linda Hamilton, Geena Davis, Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, Carrie Moss, Milla Jovovich, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kate Beckinsale, Natasha Henstridge, and Lucy Liu just to name a few.

Those are just the women that played action heroes on the big screen.

On the small screen, Lucy Lawless who starred in “Xena: Warrior Princess” and Sarah Michelle Geller who played “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” were feminist icons in the mid-90s.

And you could go even further back to the 70s with Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones — but arguably the first iconic female lead is Sigourney Weaver in “Alien”.

Leave it to some narcissistic millennial like Lawrence to not be aware of anything that came before her.

The video was a mutual admiration gush-fest between the historically ignorant Lawrence and the historical revisionist Davis.

Davis’s movie “The Woman King” whitewashes the history of the West African Dahomey tribe and their significant involvement in the slave trade.

In the early 18th century, Kings of Dahomey were big slave traders who made a fortune from the illicit trade. To acquire slaves, they waged bitter wars against their neighbours, resulting in the capture of tens of thousands of prisoners who they constantly sold to European slave merchants. Another prominent slave trader, the King of Whydah (now a city in Southern Benin) was also captured during one of their expeditions.
Among all Dahomey kings who ruled during the era of slave trade boom, Gezo was reputed to have hunted and traded more slaves. He constantly ravaged the interior and neighbouring towns to hunt prisoners he would supply waiting slave merchants in the Bight of Benin.
Source: Neusroom

Gezo’s all-female army went into the interior to capture members of neighboring tribes to sell as slaves.

In the 1840s, King Gezo of Dahomey reportedly said that he would do anything the British want except give up on the slave trade.

A BBC Africa article quotes Gezo as saying, “the slave trade is the ruling principle of my people. It is the source and the glory of their wealth… the mother lulls the child to sleep with notes of triumph over an enemy reduced to slavery.”

Dahomey was also notorious for human sacrifice, but that likely didn’t make it into the film, either.

Davis didn’t correct Lawrence on her claim of being the first female protagonist in an action movie, and Lawrence didn’t question the historical criticisms of “The Woman King” or even the strange title, since there’s a word in English to describe a female leader and it isn’t “king.”

It was truly a meeting of the minds.

Lawrence’s bizarre comments begin at around the 5-minute mark.

Lawrence was blasted for her ignorance on Twitter.

It was so bad that “Variety” actually deleted the tweet with the video clip of Lawrence’s odd, odd claim.

Fortunately, the quote tweets are still up.

Jen’s admitted that she’s going to therapy and that’s probably a good thing.

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Both Jennifer Lawrence and Viola Davis are fantastic actresses… but maybe it was a bad idea to film them talking to each other.

They might play badass women on the silver screen, but they are not even close to that in real life.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker