Jennifer Lawrence 'scared' of Hunger Games criticism

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Gary Ross directs this sci-fi/action epic based on Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name. Set in a futuristic American landscape, Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the story. As a young girl living in a dystopian future, Everdeen replaces her sister in a survival contest that will save her community if she can make it until the end. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones and Elizabeth Banks.
March 13th, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence is worried that fans of 'The Hunger Games' will dislike her performance in the movie.

The 21-year-old beauty - who plays Katniss Everdeen in the action film - feels under pressure to be perceived as a success in the motion picture, based on the book trilogy of the same name by Suzanne Collins, because followers of the novels have preconceptions of how her character should act.

She said: ''Katniss was already in the minds of so many different people. Normally, when you're coming out with a movie, nobody has really seen the character before. You're just giving it to them.

''I'm playing a character that most people have already had in their mind, and heard her speak in their mind and seen her.

''That's a scary thing to go into, knowing that so many people already have pictures or an idea of what your character is.''

Jennifer - who stars alongside Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson in the movie - says she felt like Justin Timberlake when she was recently mobbed by fans during a meet-and-greet tour, but she was less than happy when young girls bypassed her in favour of getting autographs from her male co-stars.

She added to Collider.com: ''I felt like Justin Timberlake from *NSYNC. It was nuts! One girl almost fainted. But, it's never for me. I sit in between the two guys, when we're signing. Liam is on one side and Josh is on the other.

''So, they start with Liam, and then he speaks with his Australian accent and somebody passes out. And then, I barely get a chance to put my name on the poster before they slide it over to Josh, and they're like, 'Oh, my god, I loved you in . . .,' and they're crying again.

''I'm just like, 'It's okay. Screw me. Who am I?' I practiced my signature for so long, and now I don't even get to use it. There used to be a heart. I took the heart out. It was stupid.''