Jennifer Lawrence

The movie that forced Jennifer Lawrence to rethink her career choices

While Jennifer Lawrence has graced several hit blockbusters, her career has seen various notable highs and lows. Initially, she garnered and lost popularity in a flash, but now, it seems that she has finally won fans over for good. Despite most of her films being remarkable contributions to cinema, one movie remains at the top of her list of regrets.

In 2016, Lawrence, already renowned for her roles in The Hunger Games franchise and as Mystique in X-Men, ventured into the romantic sci-fi film Passengers, portraying one of the two protagonists. However, upon its theatrical release, the movie received instant mixed reviews. Some praised it as the epitome of Lawrence and her co-star Chris Pratt’s talent, while others found it to be nothing more than an anti-climactic disappointment.

Narratively, Passengers depicts the journey of two fellow travellers navigating through space en route to a remote colony. Their hibernation pods malfunction, causing them to wake up 90 years earlier than planned. As they grapple with this unexpected awakening, they connect while on the spaceship.

While Lawrence initially took pride in the film, she later acknowledged that certain changes to edits, like when her character wakes up, might have enhanced its impact. Lawrence explained that she only took the role because she thought her fans were interested in the movie, but it turned out that nobody was particularly enthused, least of all her. “I was like, ‘Oh no, you guys are here because I’m here, and I’m here because you’re here,” she said. “Wait, who decided that this was a good movie?”

The actor revealed that she’d also been warned not to get involved with Passengers by pop singer Adele: “Adele told me not to do it! She was like, ‘I feel like space movies are the new vampire movies.’ I should have listened to her.”

Responding to criticism aimed at Passengers in 2021, Lawrence took some of the responsibility: “I was not pumping out the quality that I should have,” she told Vanity Fair. “I just think everybody had gotten sick of me. I’d gotten sick of me. It had just gotten to a point where I couldn’t do anything right. If I walked a red carpet, it was, ‘Why didn’t she run?’”

The actor continued: “I think that I was people-pleasing for the majority of my life. Working made me feel like nobody could be mad at me: ‘Okay, I said yes, we’re doing it. Nobody’s mad.’ And then I felt like I reached a point where people were not pleased just by my existence. So that kind of shook me out of thinking that work or your career can bring any kind of peace to your soul.”

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