Jennifer Lawrence draws criticism over comment about female action heroes

Jennifer Lawrence shared her thoughts on the history of female-led action movies in a new interview, but the "Hunger Games" star is getting some flack for not quite getting it right.

The Oscar winner spoke with fellow actress Viola Davis in an interview for Variety published on Wednesday, in which she mused on the past state of action movies with a female lead.

"I remember when I was doing 'Hunger Games,' nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn't work -- because we were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead," Lawrence told Davis, who this year starred in her own action-heavy film, "The Woman King."

The "Silver Linings Playbook" actress went on to say that it makes her "so happy every single time" she sees a movie that proves women can indeed occupy those roles in movies.

People on social media were quick to point out, however, that Lawrence was far from the first female action hero, with many tweets referencing Sigourney Weaver in the "Alien" franchise, Linda Hamilton in the "Terminator" movies and Pam Grier in films like "Foxy Brown" -- all of which predate "The Hunger Games" franchise. (The first film, based on the popular YA series of novels, came out in 2012, while the last movie was released in 2015)