X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Credit: 20th Century Fox
Bryan Singer on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse
Bryan Singer on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse
Credit: Bryan Singer

Mystique actor Jennifer Lawrence's contract to play the shapeshifting mutant ran out after 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, however it was producer/writer Simon Kinberg who convinced her to sign on again for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, after Lawrence encouraged him to direct the film himself.

According to Lawrence, she made the right decision - and feels "more connected to her character than ever before" - because the set of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was markedly different from her previous experiences making X-Men films, which she described to Entertainment Weekly as "fun amidst chaos."

“It was unrecognizable,” Lawrence explained of the Dark Phoenix set. “Everything was on time. Everything was organized. These movies have always been fun amidst chaos, and now they were fun with no chaos.”

Lawrence didn't spell out the x-factor that drove previous movies into disarray, but EW drew a line between Lawrence's comments and the alleged behavior of the franchise's previous director Bryan Singer, who has also been accused of sexual harassment and absences on the set of previous films. Singer directed all of Lawrence's previous X-Men films except X-Men: First Class.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted an unnamed source in a 2014 report about sexual harassment and assault allegations against Singer, spelling out some of his onset behavior as follows:

"Executives who have worked on his movies say the director was sometimes erratic, often complaining he was in pain, at times appearing 'heavily medicated' and sometimes failing to appear on set. But it seems only on Singer's 2006 Warner Bros. film Superman Returns did these issues contribute to budget overages. There were widespread rumors that Singer's partying was part of the problem, but a friend who visited the set says that was not the issue. 'There were times that production was interrupted or delayed,' says this person, but the problem was Singer 'battling his own demons' with respect to medication."
Singer was recently fired from his Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, also by 20th Century Fox.
“I had heard stories of these sets,” added Lawrence's co-star Jessica Chastain, who echoed Lawrence's comments about the positive vibes on the Dark Phoenix lot. “But working with [producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker] and [Jean Grey actress Sophie Turner] was the most loving, strong, happy set.”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is due out in theaters November 3.

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