JENNIFER LAWRENCE successfully uglifies herself in her new film, “The Hunger Games”. Hollywood gossip websites never thought it possible, but the Academy Award-nominated actress of “X-Men:First Class” and “Winter’s Bone” has dramatically transformed her pale blonde and pretty self to channel tough, swarthy and street-smart 16-year-old brunette, Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games”, Suzanne Collins’ critically acclaimed dystopian novel of children forced to fight to the death…

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According to the latest Hollywood gossip, Jennifer had some second thoughts about accepting the role, which more than 30 actresses, including Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Chloë Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Emily Browning, Shailene Woodley, and Kaya Scodelario had auditioned for. Even fans of the book agreed: Jennifer was too Southern California-looking to do justice to Katniss’ course and sinewy warrior girl persona.

But director, Gary Ross persevered, and Jennifer, who’s loved the story from the beginning is ecstatic to begin filming:

“I love this story, and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.”

Check out Jennifer before her Katniss transformation…

Images via WENN

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