The Winter's Bone actress insisted that she never imagined herself in the role of heroine Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins's young adult dystopian trilogy upon first reading the books.
In an interview with Moviefone, Lawrence revealed that many of her hesitations about taking part in the project stemmed from her scepticism of film adaptations of her favourite novels.
"When I read them, it was before there was any talk of the movie or anything, so I definitely didn't picture myself. That would be slightly narcissistic, anyway. By the time there were talks of the movie, I was so turned off by the idea - because we've watched so many people destroy our favourite books [by turning them into movies]," she explained.
"There was interest in me for it, so I had a meeting with Gary Ross, and just loved everything he was saying. I knew the movie was being made by people who are fans of the book and wanted to stay true to its story, and understood that it's a sad story, not a cool action flick."
Lawrence added: "There was hesitation, of course, over the size of it and what my life would be like if I were to say yes, but I slowly came around to the idea. I'm happy I did."
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