Jennifer Lawrence on 'The Hunger Games': 'Their Biggest Mistake Was Casting Me'

By Nadia Laffan,

The Hunger Games may have broken the box office record when it grossed $155 million in its opening weekend, but the film’s self-deprecating leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence, thinks the movie could have been an even bigger success — if they hadn’t picked her to play heroine Katniss Evergreen.

“I am a troll,” the 21-year-old rising star lamented on The Late Show with David Letterman, as reported by Winnipeg Free Press. “I hate myself. I think the movie is great, but their biggest mistake was [casting] me."

Lawrence’s comments are surprising, given the praise from top film critics she’s received for her performance in the blockbuster hit. The Washington Post writes, “’The Hunger Games' is clearly Lawrence's movie to carry. She shoulders that burden with the same quiet, compelling focus and raw-boned directness she exhibited in 2010's ‘Winter's Bone.’” Even critics giving the flick negative reviews acclaimed Lawrence’s work. Though The Wall Street Journal scoffed that the film was "both a feast of cheesy spectacle and a famine of genuine feeling,” it raved at the “powerful — and touchingly vulnerable — presence of Jennifer Lawrence."

The star also admitted that being interviewed at movie premieres and walking on the red carpet makes her uncomfortable.

"Out of the four premieres, I've tripped in two or three of them,” she confessed on the show. “Like, massive trips.”

Lawrence said that her nerves in awkward situations sometimes cause her to say whatever goes through her mind.

"It's so scary and then I end up getting so nervous that I get really hyper,” she said. “So then I go do interviews and I'm like, 'I'm like a Chihuahua. I'm shaking. I'm peeing!' And then afterwards I'm like, 'I just talked about peeing on the red carpet!'"

Watch Lawrence on Letterman below.



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