Jennifer Lawrence now has great admiration for Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. The “Winter’s Bone” actress had to endure eight hours every day for over 2 months completely nude, while being slathered in blue body paint. Lawrence plays the younger version of bad, blue-skinned shape-shifting mutant Mystique that Stamos so memorably established in previous X-Men films. In “X-Men: First Class” Mystique is still as blue, and as naked, as ever. Proving that director Matthew Vaughn believes in the old “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” adage.
Lawrence joined the rest of the cast up in London and Georgia for the shoot, but she had a much tougher time than the rest due to the requirements of her role. Before cameras even started rolling, she was put through 2-hour workouts daily, to get that toned mutant physique. She also had to go on a strict diet to help build muscle. Unfortunately, it had the side effect of making her weirdly aggressive during the shoot. It may have served her character well, but she hated feeling that way.
“It was awful, I was hungry for five months,” said Lawrence in an interview with THR. “I’m still pissed about it. I’m slowly working my way back because I have to be able to eat like an asshole.” Obviously, she doesn’t mince words.
But the most grueling… and embarrassing experience for Lawrence was the makeup. When she was shooting, over the course of 8 hours each day, 7 female artists were required in order to put the Mystique look together. “Nothing’s sacred anymore,” she cringed. “Those girls and I got so close. They were painting me naked every day for months. It was kind of like going to a really bizarre sleepover. It’s what you guys imagine we do: One naked girl and seven pairs of hands all over her.”
That’s quite a mental picture, alright. Lawrence took it all in her stride. We’ll see what she brings to the role, besides a great body and a pissed-off look.