The latest issue of the UK’s SciFi Magazine has a huge feature on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with interviews with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, and director Francis Lawrence.
Here’s some of the highlights .
“She’s [Katniss] suffering from post-traumatic stress from the first Games, and she’s trying to get her life back. She is living in the Victors’ Village now, she doesn’t have to hunt any more – which makes her feel useless and bored – and there is part of her life that Gale will never understand. Peeta is the only one that truly knows what she went through. And when she has to go back to the Capitol, it’s not a foreign world to her anymore. Not that she likes it, but she understands it now and how to work it.”
“The next chapter really opens the world up in a whole different way,” he explains, “with the characters, the narrative and the mythology, but at its core are the consequences of war. That was what was really interesting to me: the idea that people are damaged by trauma and there is real loss. There’s a grey zone and it is not always clear who the good guys and bad guys are. I worked hard to bring a humanity to the film; Jen [Lawrence] already brings a lot of that with her and the boys, but I think you guys will all see a different side of people like Effie and Haymitch now. I’m really pleased with how emotional the movie is, I think it is really powerful and it truly is about the characters, even with all the spectacle of the arena.”
“Sam was one of the first people to come in to read, and I thought he did a fantastic job,” he says. “He is a very handsome, charismatic guy and really athletic, so I thought that he fit the physical aspect of Finnick, and he can be quite charming and fun, which is one of the things that we need to see early on. But he is actually an emotional guy, and it’s that warmth that really locked me into him, because if you look at his character throughout all the books, 95 per cent of it is the attachment to the person that he loves and the trauma that he is going through, not the charming rogue that he presents himself to be at the beginning of Catching Fire.”
How would you describe Peeta in the second film?
At the beginning he’s cold with Katniss. It’s weird to be in love with somebody and them not be in love with you. As Peeta goes along the tour, he starts to feel angry about just how messed up it really is and how Katniss is right: this is so effed up to have to go round to the Districts and meet the families of the people that they just killed. When he gets put back into the Hunger Games, he has such a fire inside of him that there are a few times in this movie where I get to be more physical.
What kind of challenges did you come up against?
The physical challenge proved quite difficult. Having read the books and being totally aware of what a lot of fans’ reactions were to my casting, it spurred me on to want to work harder and achieve the goal of basically becoming a sex god. Whether or not I got there is not for me to decide, but all I can say is that I tried my damnedest.
Aside from hitting the gym, how else did you prepare for this role?
You have to be aware of what is coming up, especially with Finnick, where the journey that he goes on in the third book is quite drastic. I had to familiarise myself with that story to have those elements and insecurities within the second film, so when the moments come when he is pushed to the edge, you know why he is being pushed at that particular moment, and why Annie Cresta [Finnick's girlfriend, who will be played by Stef Dawson in Mockingay] means that much to him.
[At first, Francis Lawrence] was like, “Can you just try him a little more vulnerable?” I was like, “No, he’s not vulnerable; he’s arrogant, he’s confident.” I had a very two-dimensional outlook on Finnick’s life. But what is great about not only Finnick’s character, but all the characters, is that they are so three-dimensional; they all have their complexities.
Transcript thanks to Quarter Quell
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