Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and actress Rebecca Romijn pioneered the big-screen portrayal of Mystique, the blue-skinned, shape-shifting baddie, in three “X-Men” films. For 20-year-old Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who was tasked with taking on a young version of the mutant for the upcoming prequel, “X-Men: First Class,” Romijn’s performances might have proved helpful — if it weren’t for one small thing.
“It would have made my job a lot easier if she wasn’t the most gorgeous person in the world,” Lawrence laughed in a recent MTV News interview. “I was like, ‘Really?’ “
“It was good because you can take physical traits, but it’s an origin story so it’s before she became who she is,” she added.
Romijn’s statuesque example wasn’t the only thing that initially kept Lawrence, who won critical plaudits and Oscar and Golden Globe nods for her turn in “Winter’s Bone” last year, from taking on the comic book adaptation. As she put, “It was a brainer.”
But she gradually came around to the idea after going back and watching the first three “X-Men” films before her audition, diving into the script and hearing which other actors had been cast.
“It is huge, but the movies are fantastic and I watched them and became a huge fan,” she explained. “After reading the script, I really loved the script and I loved the character and I was already a fan of the director, [Matthew Vaughn], and I was already a fan of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, so then it became a little bit more of a no-brainer.”