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As part of Vanity Fair‘s special on The Hunger Games they interviewed Gary Ross, the director, about the the cast and characters in the film. Gary tells Vanity Fair how he originally got into The Hunger Games, how he came to choose Jennifer Lawrence for the role of Kaniss Everdeen, his opinion on Josh Hutcherson as an actor, and living up to Suzanne Collins’ expectations.
Krista Smith (Vanity Fair): Tell me—how did you get into The Hunger Games?
Gary Ross: I read the book. My kids turned me on to it, and I went nuts. I guess, about a year ago. I literally read it and said, “I have to make the movie.”
KS: And what’s been the best part so far?
GR: You rarely get a tentpole that has this much emotional depth, this much character to dive into. The character of Katniss is . . . incredible. Suzanne [Collins, the author of the books,] did such an amazing job, and painted such a vivid character that I think for me and Jen. . . . It was just exciting every day. Not just from a pure filmmaking perspective, but also just in terms of the depth of the acting and exploring the character.
KS: How did you get Jennifer to play Katniss?
GR: I was just a fan. When you do what I do, any time you see an actor like this emerge—I think everybody’s head sort of snapped, you know? Both from Winter’s Bone and other work that she’s done, I was just always very aware of her. And then I had a meeting with her, and I was just as impressed, and then she came in and read for us and she sort of blew me away. But I wasn’t totally surprised, because I think that an actor like this comes along, you know, once a generation.
KS: I’m reading the book now—I’m told once you start, you’re not able to stop.
GR: Totally true. And also, [Katniss is] just such a compelling character, and her struggle and her evolution is so beautiful, and that’s what I’m saying. You see the character emerge and grow and have so much strength—she’s a very important character for kids, because she starts off purely in a fight for survival, and by the end of the story, she learns there’s so much more. There [are] things more important than merely surviving—like, what does it mean to actually live?
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A new issue of Life Story, Film Fantasy has a seven pages of The Hunger Games including interviews and previously released pictures, and thanks to DWTC you can now see it for yourself! If you click on each picture you can bring up a larger size and actually read the article. Here is some of the article (click ‘More’ below to read more of the article) and scans, but don’t forget to click here to visit DWTC for more scans!
On Creating The Games
When Suzanne Collins originally came up with the concept for The Hunger Games, she found herself drawn towards Roman and Greek mythology.
“It’s very much based on the myth of Theseus and the Minataur, which I read when I was eight years old,” she says. “I was a huge fan of Greek and Roman mythology. As punishment for displeasing Crete, Athens periodically had to send seven youths and seven maidens to Crete, where they were thrown into the labyrinth and devoured by the Minataur, which is a monster that’s half-man and half bull. Even when I was a little kids, the story took my breath away, because it was so cruel, and Crete was so ruthless. The message is, mess with us and we’ll do something worse than kill you — we’ll kill your children. And the thing is, it was allowed; the parents sat by power-less to stop it. The cycle doesn’t end until Theseus volunteers to go, and he kills the Minotaur. In her own way, Katniss is a futuristic Theseus. I was also heavily influenced by the historical figure Spartacus. Katniss follows the same arc from slave to gladiator to rebel to face a war…”
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The Hunger Games | Willow Shields | Hollywood Dailies | Movie Trailer | Review
In a recent interview Willow Shields, Prim in The Hunger Games, spoke to Reelz Channel about the movie and how Suzanne Collins, the author, is working with those writing the script. As well she speaks highly of Jennifer Lawrence saying she is “a funny, great person”. Click on the video to see the full interview!
[Source: Reelz Channel]