Jennifer Lawrence On Returning As Mystique After Her Current Contract Ends: ‘There Is Hope’

Back in 2011 we learned Jennifer Lawrence signed to play Mystique in three X-Men movies, which ended up being First Class, Days Of Future Past, and Apocalypse. Later, she confirmed X-Men: Apocalypse is the last X-movie in her current contract, although producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg wanted to do a Mystique spin-off movie at one point.

Now Entertainment Weekly has interviewed Jennifer Lawrence on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse. She explained that part of her reluctance to continue as Mystique comes down to the paint fumes:

“I love working with Bryan, and I love these movies,” she says. “It’s just the paint.” She was 20 when she signed on for X-Men: First Class, she says, and didn’t care about “fumes and toxins. Now I’m almost 25 and I’m like, ‘I can’t even pronounce this and that’s going in my nose? I’m breathing that?'”

But would she nonetheless consider playing Mystique again, paint fumes and all? “There is hope,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I don’t want to not be asked.”

For what it’s worth, the bodypainting process has become less intensive (and presumably safer) over the course of the franchise. She’s had a bodysuit in place of some of the paint for the last two movies, whereas First Class involved an arduous, eight-hour bodypainting session she described as, “One naked girl and seven pairs of hands all over her.” Which sounds kind of awesome if it weren’t for the damn paint fumes. Unless you’re into that, we suppose. WARRIORS!

(Via Entertainment Weekly)