Elizabeth Banks is not the only cast member who was desperate for a role in The Hunger Games. Donald Sutherland sent an incredible email to director Gary Ross to prove that he was the right man to take on the role of President Snow. As Ross says:
It was a long thoughtful analysis of the way power is wielded and why, how it controls people and what the use of the Games were and how pernicious they were and the way that they were used as an instrument of political control.
Sutherland certainly made an impression on Ross as not only did he get the part, but his email also inspired the director to create additional scenes for him:
So I sat down in this chair and stared at the lake and came up with these two scenes. And I realised that not only were the scenes vital but they actually fit a piece that was missing. That was a gift I got from the actor.
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