Jennifer Lawrence: Adele told me not to do a ‘Passengers’ movie

“Space movies are the new vampire movies,” Jennifer Lawrence recalled to her friend Adele, who told her about the poorly received 2016 sci-fi film.

Jennifer Lawrence is making her indie comeback in the upcoming Apple Original Movie Causeway. That’s been away from small films for some time after her Oscar-nominated “Winter’s Bone” debuted. In 2021, Jennifer Lawrence headlined the Netflix cosmic hit Don’t Look Up and before that ditched her blue X-Men robe in 2019’s Dark Phoenix. Now she’s heading back into a little drama with Lila Neugebauer’s story of a US soldier who brings PTSD home from Afghanistan.

While “Mother!” flopped and “Red Phoenix” and “Joy” certainly didn’t come out, a film Lawrence definitely regrets? Passengers, the 2016 sci-fi two-hander, starred opposite Chris Pratt as colony-bound spaceship travelers who traveled 60 light-years from Earth — only to become the only two to emerge from hibernation 90 years ahead of their fellow passengers woke up. Reviews were poor, and the relationship bordered on the creepy, as Pratt’s character manipulated Lawrences into becoming his lone companion in space.

In a recent meeting with The New York Times, Lawrence said it was her friend, EGOT-approaching pop icon Adele, who told her not to be in the film, which ended up making more than $300 million from its 100th film -Million dollar budget grossed but received mostly scathing reviews.

She said that after completing The Hunger Games trilogy in 2015, she began to feel the disillusionment of fans. “I was like, ‘Oh no, you’re here because I’m here and I’m here because you’re here. Wait, who decided this is a good movie?’”

The only film that confirmed this was Passengers. “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,” Lawrence said. (The article also details an infamous night at the Greenwich Village gay bar Pieces where Lawrence and Adele joined the regular crowd to sing karaoke.)

In the NYT interview, Lawrence also shared why she left her agency, CAA, in 2018 and recalled a number of the above films that made her and her fans feel let down.

“I felt more like a celebrity than an actor,” she said, “cut off from my creativity, my imagination.”

She added, “I found out that a lot of filmmakers that I really loved and admired had scripts that didn’t even reach me,” saying, “I had let myself be kidnapped.”

So Lawrence makes a sort of homecoming with Causeway, bringing her back to her breakout role in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, which earned her her first Best Actress nomination.

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