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Jennifer Lawrence: “Hunger Games is not Twilight!”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: For those who’ve read the book, it kind of goes without saying. And yet, Jennifer Lawrence still feels the need to say it.

“‘Hunger Games’ is not ‘Twilight,’” the Oscar nominee told Vanity Fair magazine about her upcoming science-fiction franchise, which will be in theaters in March. “And while I hear the comparisons, it’s really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon.”

The industry is dying to replace not just “Twilight” but also “Harry Potter” now that those high-powered film series have (or are about to) galloped off into the sunset. And tracking for “Hunger Games” is about as high as Lionsgate needs it to be at this stage.

Lawrence, meanwhile, is bracing for the potential onslaught that could occur if “Hunger Games” reaches “Twilight” status. Could she be the next Kristen Stewart?

“If it does become a crazy phenomenon, I’ll soak up my freedom now,” Lawrence says.

Which is funny, as she already has survived an Oscar campaign for “Winter’s Bone,” the controversy surrounding Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver” and a supporting part in the summer blockbuster “X-Men: First Class.”

I think she’s ready for the media “scrutiny.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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