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Jennifer Lawrence discusses being blue as young Mystique in X-Men: First Class

10.25.2010

The large roster of mutants in Matthew Vaughn's prequel X-MEN: FIRST CLASS may not exactly be filled with familiar faces, but we've got word from an actress playing a character we've seen -- in more faces than one.

Hollywood Elsewhere chatted with up-and-comer Jennifer Lawrence (WINTER'S BONE), who is playing the young version of blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique. And from the sound of it, the character will spend much of the movie wearing various disguises -- the actress says that only around 10% of her screen time will be in the original blue packaging, and the process takes about six hours to apply (Rebecca Romijn spent up to 8 hours becoming the sexy adult version).

Lawrence also claims the studio is holding on to photos of her character's "true" form until closer to the movie's June 2011 release, although something is bound to sneak onto the internet before then...

The movie goes back to when mutant telepath Charles Xavier first meets magnetism master Erik Lehnsherr, and they work together finding and training young mutants. Their "class" includes Beast, Havok, Banshee, Mystique, Angel (not the male winged version) and Darwin, who will face off against the evil Hellfire Club. (No Cyclops or Jean Grey.)

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Extra Tidbit: The prequel is set in the 60s, so I'm pulling for Vaughn to come up with a groovy swingin' retro X-MEN movie, like THE MUTANTS FROM U.N.C.L.E. or something.

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6:27PM on 10/27/2010
No Cyclops or Jean R U fucking kidding me. Contrary to everyone else's opinion Cyclops is my favorite among the X-Men. I'm honestly not sure about this movie right now, until I see a trailer in the near future.
No Cyclops or Jean R U fucking kidding me. Contrary to everyone else's opinion Cyclops is my favorite among the X-Men. I'm honestly not sure about this movie right now, until I see a trailer in the near future.
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10:41PM on 10/26/2010
I'll try and watch this, but it's really hard to try and love this when they are so obviously just picking and choosing characters they like and not based on any canon.
I'll try and watch this, but it's really hard to try and love this when they are so obviously just picking and choosing characters they like and not based on any canon.
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7:41PM on 10/26/2010

i don't see how this can be in sequence with the others.

we've seen pictures of a 30 something emma frost in the 60's yet she was a teenager in Wolverine. as was cyclops. which would mean she would be in her 30's in the three original X-Men movies. how much do we wanna bet that's the only thing that doesn't add up.
we've seen pictures of a 30 something emma frost in the 60's yet she was a teenager in Wolverine. as was cyclops. which would mean she would be in her 30's in the three original X-Men movies. how much do we wanna bet that's the only thing that doesn't add up.
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1:37PM on 10/26/2010
Man, would I love to paint her blue and WHITE! Nice!
Man, would I love to paint her blue and WHITE! Nice!
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1:32PM on 10/26/2010
I don't why everyone is getting upset about this movie screwing up the origins. The first three movies already screwed it up so if this film is trying to exist in the same universe as those then these changes are necessary. I loved Singer's X-films but he screwed it up by having Iceman not be a part of the first class. Then the third movie completely wasted Angel in the same way. Then in Wolverine we see how Professor X first meets cyclops so none of them can be in this film if its a prequel.
I don't why everyone is getting upset about this movie screwing up the origins. The first three movies already screwed it up so if this film is trying to exist in the same universe as those then these changes are necessary. I loved Singer's X-films but he screwed it up by having Iceman not be a part of the first class. Then the third movie completely wasted Angel in the same way. Then in Wolverine we see how Professor X first meets cyclops so none of them can be in this film if its a prequel.

While I agree that these changes go against the comic that doesn't mean that this film is going to be horrible. Vaughn has proven himself with Layer Cake and Kick Ass so I'm interested to see what he comes up with. I just want some more set pics and a damn trailer!
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1:29PM on 10/26/2010
I don't why everyone is getting upset about this movie screwing up the origins. The first three movies already screwed it up so if this film is trying to exist in the same universe as those then these changes are necessary. I loved Singer's X-films but he screwed it up by having Iceman not be a part of the first class. Then the third movie completely wasted Angel in the same way. Then in Wolverine we see how Professor X first meets cyclops so none of them can be in this film if its a prequel.
I don't why everyone is getting upset about this movie screwing up the origins. The first three movies already screwed it up so if this film is trying to exist in the same universe as those then these changes are necessary. I loved Singer's X-films but he screwed it up by having Iceman not be a part of the first class. Then the third movie completely wasted Angel in the same way. Then in Wolverine we see how Professor X first meets cyclops so none of them can be in this film if its a prequel.

While I agree that these changes go against the comic that doesn't mean that this film is going to be horrible. Vaughn has proven himself with Layer Cake and Kick Ass so I'm interested to see what he comes up with. I just want some more set pics and a damn trailer!
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12:56PM on 10/26/2010

I'm curious, but cautious

It's nice to see some fan favorite director's like Vaughn and Afronsky (sp) get involved with the super hero jandra, however, they do better work on a smaller scale and without big studio corporate types who ultimately meddle too much, thus killing any hope us fans have, but maybe, and it's a big maybe...these two will turn the tide a bit. Doubt it though.
It's nice to see some fan favorite director's like Vaughn and Afronsky (sp) get involved with the super hero jandra, however, they do better work on a smaller scale and without big studio corporate types who ultimately meddle too much, thus killing any hope us fans have, but maybe, and it's a big maybe...these two will turn the tide a bit. Doubt it though.
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10:34AM on 10/26/2010

wait wait wait

We get Havok but not Cyclops? My brain is starting to hurt.....
We get Havok but not Cyclops? My brain is starting to hurt.....
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7:31AM on 10/26/2010

isshe any relation to Joey Lawrence?

I remember when I first heard about this movie. I wasn't all that excited about it, but it seems to be coming along. I still wanna see a trailer before I make up my mind.
I remember when I first heard about this movie. I wasn't all that excited about it, but it seems to be coming along. I still wanna see a trailer before I make up my mind.
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6:59AM on 10/26/2010

What's that about Angel???

What do you mean "not the male winged version"? The very first issue of X-Men from the 1960's had the first class of mutants, and it included the male-winged Angel (Warren Worthington). So who the hell is the Angel from this movie?
What do you mean "not the male winged version"? The very first issue of X-Men from the 1960's had the first class of mutants, and it included the male-winged Angel (Warren Worthington). So who the hell is the Angel from this movie?
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8:26AM on 10/26/2010
Seems like it will be a variation on the recent Grant Morrison comic character, a female with insect-like powers. Zoe Kravitz is playing her.
Seems like it will be a variation on the recent Grant Morrison comic character, a female with insect-like powers. Zoe Kravitz is playing her.
4:22AM on 10/26/2010

THEY DO KNOW HAVOK IS THE YOUNGER BROTHER, RIGHT?

I'm hoping this turns out well but C'mon it's about the first class and doesn't have Scott or Jean or Iceman or Angel (Warren Worthington) in it.
I'm hoping this turns out well but C'mon it's about the first class and doesn't have Scott or Jean or Iceman or Angel (Warren Worthington) in it.
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3:43AM on 10/26/2010
Wasn't Cyclops part of the original first class? A bit odd to count him out though.
Wasn't Cyclops part of the original first class? A bit odd to count him out though.
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3:09AM on 10/26/2010
I grew up on X-Men comics and the 90s TV show. Really disappointed by the last X-Men and Wolverine reboot...hopefully this proves to be something worthwhile, although I'm not sure if you can have the formation of the X-Men without Cyclops or Angel (or even Iceman). However, having Havok in there is pretty sweet.
I grew up on X-Men comics and the 90s TV show. Really disappointed by the last X-Men and Wolverine reboot...hopefully this proves to be something worthwhile, although I'm not sure if you can have the formation of the X-Men without Cyclops or Angel (or even Iceman). However, having Havok in there is pretty sweet.
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1:33AM on 10/26/2010
I'm a huge X-Men fan and I agree with The Soloist, it's weird not having Jean, Scott or Silver Age Angel in this movie when they were the core original characters. Just like the Avengers my only faith in this movie comes from the director. I'd love for it to exceed all expectations though. The X-Men got me into reading comic books and I consider them a comic book staple; I hate that the last two films to feature Marvel's mutants (X3 and Wolverine) were so terrible.
I'm a huge X-Men fan and I agree with The Soloist, it's weird not having Jean, Scott or Silver Age Angel in this movie when they were the core original characters. Just like the Avengers my only faith in this movie comes from the director. I'd love for it to exceed all expectations though. The X-Men got me into reading comic books and I consider them a comic book staple; I hate that the last two films to feature Marvel's mutants (X3 and Wolverine) were so terrible.
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12:57AM on 10/26/2010

You know...

When X-Men: First Class was originally announced it was supposed to be a New Mutants movie. Sounds to me as though they took that script and merged it with the Magneto script that Goyer was working on and came up with this. It could be interesting.
When X-Men: First Class was originally announced it was supposed to be a New Mutants movie. Sounds to me as though they took that script and merged it with the Magneto script that Goyer was working on and came up with this. It could be interesting.
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1:32PM on 10/26/2010
I thought the same thing when I first heard about this film. I think that was a great idea because a new mutants movie would be terrible and I'm not sure a Magneto/Professor X origin movie would be interesting to many people. But together these two stories could work perfectly.
I thought the same thing when I first heard about this film. I think that was a great idea because a new mutants movie would be terrible and I'm not sure a Magneto/Professor X origin movie would be interesting to many people. But together these two stories could work perfectly.
12:31AM on 10/26/2010

Not an X-Men fan, but

I hate seeing good comic book storylines butchered. I do have faith in Mathew Vaughn's ability to making an entertaining movie, though. Cautiously optimistic as with other schmoes below
I hate seeing good comic book storylines butchered. I do have faith in Mathew Vaughn's ability to making an entertaining movie, though. Cautiously optimistic as with other schmoes below
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12:22AM on 10/26/2010

Will Be Good

Another X-Fan here but I'm way more cautiously excited. I honestly don't need to see Scott & Jean this time around. Save them for the sequel and do the Xavier/Magneto story right. I really like everything I've read so far. It seems Fox is listening to some of the fanboy critiques. Even though I enjoyed the trilogy and even Wolverine, there's definately room for improvement.
Another X-Fan here but I'm way more cautiously excited. I honestly don't need to see Scott & Jean this time around. Save them for the sequel and do the Xavier/Magneto story right. I really like everything I've read so far. It seems Fox is listening to some of the fanboy critiques. Even though I enjoyed the trilogy and even Wolverine, there's definately room for improvement.
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12:14AM on 10/26/2010
I am a big X-Men nerd, and I hope this movie ends up surprising us and doesn't end up like the Wolverine movie with a bunch of pointless cameos and very little story. I hope they pull off a great reboot.
I am a big X-Men nerd, and I hope this movie ends up surprising us and doesn't end up like the Wolverine movie with a bunch of pointless cameos and very little story. I hope they pull off a great reboot.
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11:34PM on 10/25/2010
I am a die hard X-Men fan and hope the movie does well. But for some reason I can't get excited about this movie because Cyclops and Jean Grey will not be in it. How do you not have the future leader of the X-Men and the Phoenix in a X-Men origins movie? I am more excited for Wolverine 2.
I am a die hard X-Men fan and hope the movie does well. But for some reason I can't get excited about this movie because Cyclops and Jean Grey will not be in it. How do you not have the future leader of the X-Men and the Phoenix in a X-Men origins movie? I am more excited for Wolverine 2.
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