The fandom-wide devastation that occurred when we heard that Hugh Jackman wouldn't be reprising his role as Wolverine in any X-Men movies after Wolverine 3 is still reverberating. Now, hot on the heels of that news, comes what this writer might call a small heart attack from Jennifer Lawrence, who took on the role of Mystique in X-Men: First Class.
In a recent interview with our friends at Entertainment Weekly, the Joy actress admitted that [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) might be her last hurrah as the mutant shapeshifter, citing the excessive amounts of potentially toxic makeup and body paint the role requires.
“I love working with Bryan, and I love these movies... It’s just the paint. [When I first started out] I didn't care about fumes and toxins. Now I’m almost 25 and I’m like, ‘I can’t even pronounce this and that’s going in my nose? I’m breathing that?’”
It's true that Lawrence's time in make-up has put her on set hours before most of her co-stars in the past, but an X-Men universe without its most interesting vigilante -- especially when played by Lawrence, who has done a great job making Mystique a complex and intense character on screen -- is almost unfathomable.
Luckily, she won't rule out doing more films. The actress told EW:
There is hope ... I don’t want to not be asked.
Hopefully, they can work something out regarding her character design and make-up and she'll hang around for as long as Hugh Jackman did as Wolverine.