J-TX, No, I have not read the books. I am only going on the words of my
wife and teenage daughter, who have indeed read the books, as well as those of
many others I have seen in print who at least claim to have read the books. You
have your opinion; based on what I have heard from wife, daughter, and others, I
am quite comfortable with my opinion as well. For what it is worth, I have no
interest in seeing Jennifer Lawrence starving herself for a part either, but, as
I wrote, many actors and actresses do it to match a role. As I additionally
wrote, I think a naturally thinner actress would instead have been appropriate.
By the way, I might also point out that, at least in the movie, she
was depicted as being very hungry, which does seem to be opposed to your
assertion of a quite healthy-looking girl being appropriate for the part.
JT4;Did you read the books? Katniss fed her family by (illegally)
hunting wild game on Republic lands to supplement the meager subsistence
provided by the government. So her family ate better than the general populace
who had to trade more chances to be chosen for the Hunger Games for extra food
to survive.I find the body image for Katniss as portrayed by Miss
Lawrence to be completely believable and appropriate.While Anne
Hathaway's earlier work portrayed a 'normal' body type for girls,
and she appeared appropriately emaciated for her role in Les Mis, since 2008 she
has embarked on a thin-at-all costs program, to land such roles as Catwoman, Kym
in Rachel Getting married and Maggie in Love and Other Drugs.As a
father of a regular-sized 16-year-old daughter, I hope Miss Lawrence sticks by
her guns to "never starve [her]self for a part".
I am happy that Jennifer Lawrence doesn't try to be excessively thin in
real life. However, actors, both male and female, generally try to look the
part of the character--I remember Dennis Quaid losing a lot of weight years ago
to play the tubercular Doc Holliday in "Wyatt Earp", for instance. In
the case of Katniss, who is supposed to continually struggle to find food to
eat, a naturally thinner actress would have been much more appropriate. Given
that Jennifer Lawrence doesn't fit that description, a different actress
should have been cast if she didn't want to try to fit the part.
The Des News, in attempt to counter Hollywood message that looks/weight are
everything, are using the message week after week after week that looks/weight
aren't anything. Neither of these approaches are good, no correct. The
message that the des news has been trying to send lately, mostly through the
plethora of mommy bloggers they use, is that its impossible for women to be
skinny and that being overweight is no big deal. Both of these are false.
That's crazy that some people would think she would need to lose any
weight. She looks beautiful! She's strong and spunky like Katniss - we need
more of that for our young ladies.
I think that the body image talk is good. Although Lawrence would be considered
thin in most people's book I think. Anne Hatheway was playing a street
girl.....her character was underfed. Hence she lost weight.