Last week it was announced that Winter’s Bone actress Jennifer Lawrence would be playing Mystique in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. The role will be Jennifer’s first in a major studio film, and in a recent interview she spoke about preparing for the role, and getting to grips with a movie “where the title alone makes people go a little crazy.”
From The Orlando Sentinel:
“I had nooo idea. I have been just ignorant of the whole fan base behind these films. I felt like an idiot. I had to call my mom and go, ‘Mom, I don’t KNOW about all this. This is before we’ve even started shooting, and it’s just CRAZY.’
“When I got the part I dedicated a whole day to watching all three movies, and I really liked them. I was still a little worried, because I didn’t really understand the whole mutant thing. But the script cleared some of my questions up, and knowing that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were already on board gave me confidence.”
She had meetings with Vaughn and Co. in London this week. Today, it”s “I have to do 12 hours of prosthetics. Oh man. “I have to take Mystique back to the beginning, before she became who we saw later. I don’t know exactly what I can talk about, but this is going to be fun.”
She says the prep work is physical, which knowing Mystique’s image, we can believe. Gym time. How does she look in blue? “NOBODY looks good blue. Well, maybe Zoe Saldana. I am very curious to see how I’m going to come off in that”.
12 hours of prosthetics seems pretty intense, although I think that may just be for tests. I can remember Rebecca Romijn saying they managed to get the time down to just 3 hours for X-Men 3, so Lawrence will only have to get up 3-4 hours before everyone else during filming.
Below is a reminder of what Mystique looked like in the trilogy, so we can expect something similar for X-Men: First Class.