Jennifer Lawrence reflects on her career – London Film Festival – Deadline

“Franchises are so much fun,” Jennifer Lawrence said today at the BFI London Film Festival. The 32 year old player x-men and hunger games alum then fired a big laugh, interjecting, “I could never do one now because I’m too old and brittle.”

Lawrence is indeed making a return to his independent origins with Pavement, a drama she stars in and produces that is screening as part of the LFF after its world premiere in Toronto last month. A story of PTSD “told completely in the present”, it follows an Afghanistan war veteran suffering from injuries to his body and brain. This is the first project for Lawrence’s Excellent Cadaver banner and is something of a throwback to the early years when it broke out in the 2010s. winter bone. During a walk through his career today, Lawrence told LFF attendees that it was “a coincidence that my production company’s first film was independent, that’s where I took my roots and that’s what I can attribute my whole career to.”

Excellent Cadaver, she explained, is a “Sicilian Mafia term for a hit on a big celebrity, which made sense. I think there was a part of me that just wanted to execute that part of me.

The Silver Linings Playbook The Best Actress Oscar winner explained that after winning this 2012 film, she “lost her sense of control.” Between “hunger games by going out and winning the Oscar, I think I became such a commodity that I felt like every decision was a big, big group decision; because I had no idea what a big movie star would do next or what Katniss Everdeen should do after that… When I reflect now, I think of those later years as kind of losing control and then a reaction to try to come back. I’m so happy that finally, in my late twenties, I quit and made some major changes, and got the voice back in my head. Now that feels personal to me for the first time in a long time.

The “shock” that accompanied the recognition of Debra Granik winter bone — and becoming an Oscar nominee at 20 for the movie — is similar to what she’s going through now with Pavement, directed by the director of the first feature Lila Neugebauer. Said Lawrence today, Pavement “It was three and a half years and just one challenge after another. It was so personal, it seems impossible for people to understand it or get it or care about it or connect with it… Pavement more … than winter bone almost looks like diary pages – so when people react to it, it’s surprising.

In his review of the A24 and Apple Original Films pic, Deadline’s Pete Hammond wrote, “It’s a thrill to see this immensely talented star step down a few notches and throw himself into a low-key portrayal of a woman who doesn’t suffer. only from the effects of the physical wounds, but more deeply the invisible wounds inside that had devastating effects on his ability to lead a normal life.

Lawrence was also asked today if film has the potential to be a force for change – she has made two films dealing with the environment, Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! and that of Adam McKay Don’t look up.

“It’s so therapeutic when you do it, because you’re like, ‘How is this not going to make sense or change your mind or inspire something?’ And then it comes out and everyone throws down their popcorn and drives off in their Ford F-150. Honestly, the truth is, there’s not much we can personally do to help climate change. doesn’t have much of an effect on our government, that’s the biggest problem,” she said.

Darcy J. Skinner