Was Jennifer Lawrence too well fed for 'The Hunger Games'?
It can't be all victory tours and dessert buffets for "The Hunger Games": The film has some critics making controversial statements about star Jennifer Lawrence -- specifically regarding her weight.
The film tells of a malnourished North American nation, Panem, under the control of a sleek and excessive capitol city, with the participants in the annual fight-to-the-death Hunger Games depicted as skin-and-bones teenagers clawing for survival.
Some folks find that Lawrence looked a little too well-fed to play the bow-toting Katness Everdeen.
"A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission," said Manohla Dargis of the New York Times.
A bold indictment, if you ask us, of a 21-year-old star who currently captivates the attention of impressionable young females and her same-aged peers in show business. But are the critical sentiments -- Vulture has a comprehensive roundup -- correct?
On the one hand, the content adapted from Suzanne Collins' dark novels dictates that these oppressed citizens are in fact emaciated. But by all standards Lawrence is hardly overweight, though widely attributed with that dread celeb magazine buffer of "curvy."
Chew the fat on this "Hunger Games" debate in comments. And if you need some photographic evidence, check out how Lawrence killed it on the carpet at the Los Angeles "Hunger" premiere.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Jennifer Lawrence attends a special screening of "The Hunger Games" hosted by the Cinema Society and Calvin Klein Collection on March 20 in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press