Five Favorite Films with Jennifer Lawrence

The Hunger Games star talks about blockbusters vs. indies and adventures in free-running.

A little over two years ago, Jennifer Lawrence was a talented yet relatively unknown young actress with a handful of television roles (including the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show) and a few small indie films to her credit. All of that changed when, at age 20, she turned in a powerhouse performance in Debra Granik's bleak 2010 drama Winter's Bone and earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination (the second youngest ever to get the nod) for it. Her star then rose rapidly the following year, as she proved equally adept in big budget blockbusters like X-Men: First Class and indie fare like Jodie Foster's The Beaver and the acclaimed romance Like Crazy.

This week, Lawrence takes the next big leap forward, starring in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' sci-fi novel, The Hunger Games. All eyes will be on her as she takes on the role of Katniss Everdeen, the central figure of a wildly popular epic trilogy set in a dystopian future, but her previous success playing strong, young women should indicate the character is in good hands. RT was fortunate enough to speak with Lawrence about her career thus far, her training regimen for The Hunger Games, and whether she approaches all films, both big and small, the same way, but first, here are her Five Favorite Films:


Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2011; 93% Tomatometer)

Midnight in Paris, I saw this year, and I was just blown away. I think it might be my favorite movie now. I loved it. It was funny, it was inventive, imagination and dresses and all of our favorite writers. Owen Wilson was hilarious. It was just perfection.

Are you a Woody Allen fan?

Yes, yeah. But I think Midnight in Paris... I know he always gets skeptical when his movies go mainstream, but I love that one.




I Heart Huckabees (David O. Russell, 2004; 62% Tomatometer)

And then, I love I Heart Huckabees. I think that might be my favorite comedy. And I know it's weird, because every time I tell people that, they're like, "Oh, I'll have to see it." And I say, "You know, you might not like it," because it's just so weird. But I loved it. I was obsessed with it when I first saw it; I watched it four times in one week.




Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971; 85% Tomatometer)

Harold and Maude is a classic that I love.




The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998; 80% Tomatometer)

The Big Lebowski. I love anything by the Coen brothers, so having to choose one movie is hard, but I think The Big Lebowski.




Old School (Todd Phillips, 2003; 60% Tomatometer)

So, for #5, I can either choose The Last Picture Show, Old School, or A Woman Under the Influence. Probably Old School, with Will Ferrell, when he goes "Hi honey, do you think KFC's still open?" [laughs]



Next, Lawrence talks about her extensive training to play Katniss in The Hunger Games, as well as the difference between making blockbusters and smaller independent films.

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