Recently we posted the beautiful Vanity Fair photo-spread and an interview Krista Smith did with Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), and now here is the Vanity Fair interview with Liam Hemsworth (Gale)! Here Liam talks about reading the books for the first time, the filming of the movie and his beautiful co-star Jennifer! Here is a bit of that interview:
Krista Smith: Did you read the books before you knew it was going to be a movie?
Liam Hemsworth: I feel like the books were just written like a movie. You read it and you can just kind of see everything. … [R]ight before I went in to read with the director, I read the first book and I loved it. I didn’t realize how good the writing was. And then I went in and read with [director] Gary Ross, and that was it.
When you were reading it, was there a certain part you identified with?
Oh yeah, it was always for Gale. It was always for Gale. I read the script, and Gale definitely felt more right than Peeta.
What sort of stuff did you identify with, with Gale?
What I thought was really interesting was—and it’s one of the hardest things to think about: one of your best friends, or someone in your family, basically going off to war. And that’s kind of what happens to Gale in the first book. As much as he’s against the government and wants to stand up to them, he really is helpless. He can’t do anything about it. … I just thought it was such a gut-wrenching kind of thought.
And how was the physical stuff?
In this one, for me, it was more about losing weight. He’s a pretty poor person.
Right, you’re starving!
Everyone’s pretty hungry, so I wanted to look a little hungry. [M]y brother said to me before I started shooting—he texted me and said something about me putting on weight. But basically his point was that it was called Hunger Games, not Eating Games. That was a wake-up call. I was like, Are you calling me fat or something?
And how was working with Jennifer Lawrence and Gary Ross?
Jennifer was great. She is fantastic. Really easy to work with, no drama, really down-to-earth, such a funny girl. Nothing but good things to say about her. She really was great to work with. And it always makes it easier when you’re working with people that you like and you enjoy being around.
Gary Ross is amazing. He’s just—he always has a billion ideas of what he wants, but has a very clear perspective also; he just makes it work. He really does. He’s trying different things and making everything look amazing.
To read the full interview click here to visit Vanity Fair!
The December Issue of Vanity Fair featuring The Hunger Games cast photo spread hits stands in New York and Los Angeles on November 3rd and Nationwide on November 8th. Be sure to pick up your copy when it hits newstands! It’s also now available on the iPad!
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If you loved the new Hunger Games Character Posters that were recently unveiled, you can now buy them as a fabric wall scroll poster.
All eight of the character posters are available, as well as the original mockingjay on fire.
- Cinna Hunger Games Character Poster
- Effie Trinket Hunger Games Poster
- Haymitch Abernathy Hunger Games Poster
- Gale Hawthorne Hunger Games Poster
- Cato Hunger Games Poster
- Peeta Mellark Hunger Games Poster
- Rue Hunger Games Poster
- Katniss Everdeen Hunger Games Poster
We previously posted a picture from the Vanity Fair shoot featuring the young cast, well now we also have three more pictures featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth! I really love these pictures! The December Issue of Vanity Fair featuring The Hunger Games cast photo spread hits stands in New York and Los Angeles on November 3rd and Nationwide on November 8th. Be sure to pick up your copy when it hits newstands! It’s also now available on the iPad!
Vanity Fair did a piece on the young cast of The Hunger Games, including a new picture! The article includes a description of the actor, the character, and on how they landed their respective roles in the movie including Alexander Ludwig, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeniyi, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jack Quaid, Jacqueline Emerson, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hembsworth! Here is Jennifer Lawrence’s description:
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky.
Her role: Katniss Everdeen, District 12 tribute—the protagonist and narrator, Katniss took her sister Prim’s place in the Hunger Games, and is known for her fiery temper and strong archery skills. After her father passed away in a mine explosion, Katniss became the provider and nurturer for her family. She’s also caught in a love triangle between Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth).
On landing the part:“I auditioned, which was a long process and a lot of improv. And then waited a month or something, where I was convinced I didn’t have it—then I got the phone call while I was in London. I was then terrified. I knew it was going to be huge, and that’s scary. I called my mom. She said, ‘This is a script that you love, and you’re thinking about not doing it because of the size of it?’ And I [didn’t] want to not do something because I’m scared, so I said yes. And I’m so happy that I did.”
To read about Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth click ‘More’!
Liam Hemsworth, who portrays Gale in The Hunger Games, is up for the role of Jared in The Host. If you have not heard of The Host it is another novel written by Stephenie Meyer, who wrote the Twilight trilogy. There are other actors testing for this role, but it would be great to see Liam in a movie based off of a Stephenie Meyer novel! Here is the synopsis of The Host from Amazon:
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
Well yesterday was a big day with the release of the 8 character posters for The Hunger Games. Today Lionsgate has also released a new synopsis of the movie itself. Take a look if you need a refresher! As well don’t forget to register at www.thecapitol.pn to be assigned a district and receive the latest news from The Capitol in anticipation of the 74th Hunger Games.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, with a screenplay by Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 12 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following. It has spent more than 157 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.
With the release of the character posters Movies.com asked fansites for their favorite and least favorite posters and why. We were among the fansites that responded, I was able to squeeze in a response at the last minute! How about everyone else? We’d love to here your opinions on the posters; your favorite and least favorite and why.
Favorite: I really love Rue’s poster with the way she is looking down. It really represents her young and innocent character. All in all, I think all the posters look amazing; such beautiful photography.
Least Favorite: My least favorite would be Haymitch’s because I was hoping to see him more haggard and worn out, like he seems to be throughout most of book. To me, it doesn’t represent his character as much as the other posters do.
The Hunger Games Facebook page sent out this lovely picture today from the movie of Katniss Everdeen and Gale Hawthorne in the woods. They captioned it with a quote as well, so I added the two together to create an image suitable for a desktop wallpaper. You can grab it here.
The line from the book reads:
“We could do it, you know,” Gale says quietly.
“What?” I ask.
“Leave the district. Run off. Live in the woods. You and I, we could make it.”
MTV has an exclusive interview with Hunger Games director Gary Ross on location filming in North Carolina via Skype!
Suzanne Collins’ novel is a first-person tale, and it’s clear from the teaser Ross is striving to capture that same sort of immediate access into Katniss’ head. “I think one of the most important things when you adapt a book like this is to give people the experience they really had when they read it — the same kind of visceral experience they had,” he explained. “I think [the reason] everybody felt so strongly in what Suzanne did was that they were with this character, they understood her, they were in her shoes, they were in her head. It was such an intense first-person experience. My job in making a film is first and foremost to reflect that.
“How do we get inside Katniss’ head? How do we feel what she’s feeling? How do we become her?” Ross continued. “The first thing that allows you to do that is Jennifer Lawrence, because she’s such an unbelievable actor. She has so much depth and power and talent and sophistication and sensitivity and subtly that she’s become Katniss Everdeen synonymously. I hope people feel about Jen and Katniss at the end of this three-book cycle the way they feel about Daniel Radcliffe and Harry Potter — that they’ve become very, synonymous with one another.”
That voiceover you hear during the trailer? That’s Katniss’ District 12 pal Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). And Ross has a very specific idea in mind about the importance of making Gale a part of this initial footage (and not Katniss’ Hunger Games companion, Peeta Mellark).
“As everyone knows, Gale is an enormous part of Katniss’ life, but he’s not as big a part of the first book as he is the subsequent books,” the director told us. “I think he’s very, very present and he’s tremendously important, but of course we shift into the Capitol and then the arena, where Peeta ends up playing a more prominent role. But he’s in her head, he’s in her life, he’s something that echoes with her throughout the games, as any reader of the book knows, so he plays an obviously prominent role.”
The Difficulty of the Shoot
Though Ross and his team didn’t have to contend with giant fireballs in the woods, as Katniss does in the first look, the filmmaker revealed that the set in the North Carolina forest posed quite a challenge to the production. “This was like shooting in Vietnam,” he said. “I felt like I was making ‘Apocalypse Now.’ The thing was so rigorous. We spent something like six weeks outside in the jungle every day, hiking up and down mountains with cameras and in the mud and in driving rain storms. We all felt it, but nobody felt it as much as Jen did. It’s been an intense physical experience for her.”
Just Getting Started
While Ross was proud to show off this initial footage, he told us this is only the beginning and that there are a few scenes and characters in particular that he can’t wait for people to see in the future. “We’re still shooting, so unfortunately, it’s just a teaser,” he said. “We could only give you a little bit, because we’re still down here making the movie. I’ve got to leave in half an hour and shoot. But there’s a lot of things to come that I think are going to be hugely epic and very emotional and incredibly powerful. I think that we’ve done wonderful things with the mutts. I think that we’ve done a tremendous job bringing the Capitol to life, and I think that’s going to be really, really exciting for people to see. And all the performances! Wait till you see Stanley Tucci do Caesar Flickerman.”
So, I wonder we’ll hear Gale’s voice when Katniss is in the arena? I can’t wait for Stanley Tucci as Caesar!!
Jennifer has become Katniss!