Lawrence Talks The “Passengers” Backlash
Almost year on and the talk about the Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi romance drama “Passengers” still hovers around.
The film stars Pratt as a man who wakes up from suspended animation one-quarter of the way into of a colony ship’s 120-year voyage across space. After nearly a year alone, and in desperate need for human contact, he wakes up an attractive woman (Lawrence) whom he has developed a crush on.
He does so without her consent, even though he’s effectively condemning her to the same fate. So they begin a romance until she finds out the truth and can’t stand to be near him. Then the ship begins to malfunction.
The film was panned by critics and led to a divided reaction from audiences debating Pratt’s actions which varied from some trying to justify what he did in spite of its inherent creepiness, to others who not unfairly called it a form of stalking, rape and murder.
Back in April, Pratt revealed he was “really caught off guard” by the criticism that arose from press screenings. Even so, he says he remains proud of the film. Now Lawrence has weighed in on the controversy and tells Vogue she had a similar reaction:
“I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t spot it. I thought the script was beautiful – it was this tainted, complicated love story. It definitely wasn’t a failure. I’m not embarrassed by it by any means. There was just stuff that I wished I’d looked into deeper before jumping on.”
Some have pondered if the movie would have been more effective with a key structural change that would’ve seen the narrative begin with Lawrence’s character waking up, an idea Lawrence agrees with according to the article.
The film’s producer Neal Moritz has previously discussed how the film was all sailing smoothly until the first reviews from critics came out which touted that the movie was “justifying date rape” and that became the mantra that the film carried.
Lawrence also offered a brief update on how her film with comedian Amy Schumer is coming along. She says they’re meeting with directors at present for the film which will blend pathos and comedy in the story of a pair of dysfunctional twins.