In a recent interview with LA Times Hero Complex, director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson discuss the upcoming and highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 including Jennifer Lawrence’s ability to act poorly and how they dealt with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing.
Francis Lawrence had a few things to say about Katniss’ bad acting in the propos and Jennifer’s impressive ability execute such a bad performance:
“She was very good at it,” director Francis Lawrence recalled of his star’s ability to turn in an intentionally lousy performance. “We had a bunch of variations, but we didn’t want to go too far. Some were really broad and funny but not quite tonally right for the movie…. It was a nice couple of days of laughter on set.”
And on Julianne Moore bringing some softness to President Coin:
“Julianne had a few ideas on how to play her. There was a quiet strength; that was one of the big things that she wanted, so you’ll notice that Coin speaks sort of softly. There’s, I guess you would say, a warmth that you might not get from her in the book that Julianne wanted to bring.”
Lawrence also talks about how they cast and crew dealt with the sudden passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman:
“It was really rough. “We went dark. It happened on a Sunday, and we couldn’t get everybody together on the Monday. We reorganized the schedule…. We kind of eased everybody back into work. It was also after one of those freezes. It was 10 degrees and miserable.”
Nina Jacobson on Katniss’ strength as a character:
“She is a lightning rod in the movies, she is a lightning rod in real life as a character. People relate to her…. I’m moved by the degree to which Katniss embodies the ability of one person no matter how flawed, how complicated [to]make an enormous impact just by doing the right thing when given the choice.”
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