Put a camera in front of Jennifer Lawrence, and she can act, well enough to win an Oscar at least. But put her before an airport customs officer – a far more foreboding prospect, many would say – and she will crack.
Appearing recently on The Graham Norton Show, Lawrence told of the time she spent locked up in a “tiny little jail” at a London airport because she couldn’t lie to an immigration official.
On her way to meet ‘X-Men: First Class’ director Matthew Vaughn in London in 2011, Lawrence was told by colleagues to lie about the nature of her visit to the UK as her passport was expiring within the next six months.
But after taking the airport worker through an elaborate ‘backstory’, which involved her telling the customs officer she would be attending her brother’s wedding in Wimbledon (that in itself could’ve been a giveaway), Lawrence crumbled.
"I get there and he's like, 'Business or pleasure?' 'Pleasure.' 'What are you doing for pleasure?' 'My brother's getting married.' 'Where's he getting married?' 'Wimbledon.' 'Is he American?' 'Yes' " the now 25-year-old said. " 'Do you have an invitation?' 'No.' "
" 'Are you telling the truth?' 'No! No! I'm here for work and I don't have a work visa and my passport expires and I'm not even supposed to be here!' " she quickly conceded.
"I had to sit in a tiny little jail for like five hours while they called my employer," Lawrence added. "I felt tiny."
The actor eventually made the film, and has since reprised her role as Mystique two more times.
But the lesson here is to make sure your passport is valid for at least another six months whenever travelling overseas. Or do a better job in lying about it than J-Law.
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