North Shore Outlook recently caught up with Alexander Ludwig who talked Hunger Games, Cato, and his favorite scene to film :
On his character Cato :
“A lot of it was creating backstory. Suzanne, (director) Gary Ross and I sat down and talked about the character. Luckily, Suzanne is such a great writer that part of it was already mapped out for me in the novel,” he recalls of the process.
“The interesting part was trying to justify what Cato was doing. As an actor, if you’re playing someone like that, you have to fully believe that everything that character is doing is for the right reasons. And you have to come up with reasons why that is okay. It was a very dark and intense but fulfilling experience as an actor.
“The reason I took the role was because of one scene near the end of the movie. You really see, just for a second, a glimpse of humanity in Cato,” he continues. “At that very last second, people kind of sympathize with him. Even though what he’s doing is horrible and unforgivable, you kind of see where he’s coming from.”
On his favorite scene to film :
As he tells it, his time on set only furthered his education. “One of my favourite scenes was getting to work opposite Stanley Tucci [who plays flamboyant media darling Caesar Flickerman],” shares Ludwig. “I learned so much from him just in the five minutes that we talked. When we first met, I was already taking down mental notes. ‘Remember everything Tucci says.’”
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