By the time X-Men: Days of Future Past premiered up in 2014, the follow-up to '11's X-Men: First Class, Jennifer Lawrence's star had brightened to Hunger Games level. Which sensibly resulted in an of-course-we'll-make-her-role-bigger situation. J-Law's back for next week's X-Men: Apocalypse, but it sounds like it might be her last one—and not just her last one.
In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Lawrence described the process of getting all blued-out to play Mystique as "rock bottom and like this sucks and it could not suck more." Then she went super hard, saying she and lead actors Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy had a conversation debating, as a trio, if they'd come back for more X-Men movies. “Like, ‘Will you come back?’ ‘I dunno.’ ‘I’ll come back, if you come back,’" she recounted. "Fox should be terrified because the deal we made was like if one of us doesn’t come back, none of us are.”
Telling a studio it should be terrified of the power its franchise's main actors hold? That's definitely the J-Law who, last October, published an essay about "how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks." In the Lenny Letter piece, she laid it out flat in, for anyone who hadn't been watching her candor in the press for the last few years: “I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable. Fuck that.”
Elsewhere in the new EW interview, Lawrence emphasized that she loves the X-Men fans and the character of Mystique, but "then you realize how important your year is, like how important three months out of your year is. I don’t know. I shouldn’t be that honest.”
Check out some folks who are actually all about the grueling makeup/costuming game, the cosplayers of New York Comic Con: