Jennifer Lawrence Reveals How She Got Her 'X-Men' Co-Stars to Punch Each Other
They might be called the X-Men, but it turns out the roughhousing that went on while filming their latest movie was instigated by an X-Woman.
On Saturday night, Yahoo Movies presented the live red carpet from the world premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and naturally all eyes were on returning star Jennifer Lawrence. The Oscar-winner reprises her role as the blue-skinned, shape-shifting mutant Mystique, and while she gets several highly physical fight scenes in the movie, she admitted that fists were flying off-camera as well.
Lawrence revealed that she was the on-set ringleader of the “circle game” — a schoolyard prank where you hold your thumb an index finger in a circle somewhere below your waist and if you can trick someone into looking down at it you get to punch them in the arm. Lawrence told Yahoo’s Ben Lyons, “I actually brought it to X-Men from Hunger Games. We play it obsessively, and I brought it to these guys. They really liked it.” She added, “And I am the best, thank you for asking.”
Lawrence’s co-star Hugh Jackman — no stranger to the circle game, himself — said that sort of childish fooling around is just part of the job. He told us, “Acting is like being in high school. Well, let’s make it elementary school.” Jackman did say that with Days of Future Past being his seventh time playing Wolverine (including his cameo in X-Men: First Class), he does feel like the upperclassman on the set. He joked, “I really am the mature one. Even around Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, I’m the mature one.”
"There was one moment where I was working with Nick Hoult, who plays Young Beast," Jackman recounted. "First day on set he goes, ‘Man, I’m just tripping.’ I said, ‘What’s that?’ He goes, ‘I used to watch you walk down this very hall when I was eight years old.’ And I’m like, ‘Stop. Stop that story right now.’"