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Jennifer Lawrence—X-Men: First Class (2011)

6. Jennifer Lawrence—X-Men: First Class (2011)

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The role of Mystique was beefed up for the 2011 prequel.  Lawrence portrayed a conflicted Mystique.  She had a hard enough time choosing what form to keep throughout the picture, but she really struggled to choose a side and make a statement.  Her adopted brother Charles (James McAvoy) wants to take a peaceful stance to solve mutant relations, but she really goes for Magneto’s (Michael Fassbender) pitch for sacking humanity to make way for a mutant world.  In the heat of all this, she and Beast (Nicholas Hoult—Jack the Giant Slayer) begin a romantic relationship. This is another instance of super hero costars dating with Lawrence and Hoult. The quiet duality of Mystique’s character stuck between right and wrong is unlike the louder, more flamboyant characters we’ve become accustomed to seeing her play in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.  Lawrence’s ability to perform both character types displays the true range of her talent as an actress.  Rumors of a stand-alone Mystique film starring the actress recently picked up steam.

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