The sensationalism of Jennifer Lawrence’s Foxverse role is well-known to the Marvel fandom ever since she first stepped into the iconic role of Mystique in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Her role which extended to X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) was not as smooth sailing, however. Just like the troubling disparity at these films’ core, the on-set situation was known to have been difficult too, especially because of the building allegations against the director, Bryan Singer.
After long-held speculations and rumors about the X-Men director’s erratic and toxic workplace behavior, Jennifer Lawrence has finally put to rest the debate by name-dropping Singer in a recent actor roundtable talk held by The Hollywood Reporter.
Jennifer Lawrence Shines a Light on Bryan Singer Allegations
As a central character in both films — Days of Future Past and Apocalypse — Jennifer Lawrence worked up a record as one of the most expressive actors in the industry, and one of the highest paid (in both 2015 and ’16). Her fame extended beyond the Foxverse films, with Lawrence spearheading the Hunger Games live-action cinematic adaptations. So, the world pays attention when a Hollywood A-lister opens fire against a director already under attack following numerous sexual assault allegations, some even dating back to the ’90s.
In a roundtable talk comprising female actors, Jennifer Lawrence blasts Bryan Singer‘s extreme and emotionally demanding behavior on the sets of his films. Referencing the latter’s presence behind the lens of the X-Men movies, she claimed, “I’ve worked with Bryan Singer. I’ve seen emotional men. I’ve seen the biggest hissy fits thrown on set.”
The claims were unsurprising to everyone, at this point, since Singer has been well-established as one of the most controversial figures in Hollywood in the past two decades. Insomuch, that the director has remained absent from the public eye and withheld from directing any project since 2019.
Jennifer Lawrence Exposes Toxic Masculinity in Hollywood
The Causeway actress most recently worked with director Lila Neugebauer in the said film and her time on set brought her some well-needed clarity. During the roundtable event, JLaw expressed the wildly different experiences between a male-led and a female-led movie and how the former often delivers a masterclass on Hollywood’s toxic masculinity as opposed to the latter.
“It was making me laugh when we were talking about the hours and stuff because it was just so interesting to be on a female-led movie. My producing partner and I were the lead producers. We had a female director. The schedule made sense. There were no huge fights. If an actor had a personal thing and wanted to leave early, instead of going, ‘Oh! Well, we’d all love to leave early!’ we’d put our heads together and go, ‘OK. How can we figure this out?’ We disagreed, and we listened to each other.
It was incredible to not be around toxic masculinity. To get a little break from it. And it did always just make us laugh about how we ended up with, ‘Women shouldn’t be in roles like this because we’re so emotional.'”
Currently, Jennifer Lawrence’s film Causeway which launches amid high critical appreciation witnesses her character returning from war with a traumatic injury to the brain and her struggle to adapt and acclimate to the mundane normality of her home and the surrounding society.
All X-Men films are currently available for streaming on Disney+.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter