In the new September issue of FilmINK, an Australian entertainment magazine, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is featured as part of their “Women in Film” issue. No new images from the film, but there were some new interviews.
Since the Hunger Games franchise kicked off, these films – 2012’s The Hunger Games, 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 2014’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and now The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – have become much more than just simple movies to their loyal army of fans. Based on Suzanne Collins’ hugely popular books, they carry messages of hope and self-determination, and stand as a plea for decency and equality in the face of oppression, with their ugly, dystopian world a frightening mirror image of our own. Their bow-and-arrow wielding heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), meanwhile, has become an aspirational figurehead for young girls high on her innate strength and fierce brand of self-possession.
Francis Lawrence talks about the differences in Mockingjay & being a part of such a popular franchise:
“In terms of visuals, the final movie really expands,” director, Francis Lawrence, tells FilmInk. “The final two films, in fact, are very different from the last stories, because there are no Hunger Games, and there’s no trip to The Capitol for training. We spend a fair amount of time in a new place in these movies which is District 13, so that’s a completely new design and a completely new location. The new environments dictate the new visuals.”
“It’s exciting, but it also adds a lot of anxiety, because you just want to make them as good as possible..”
Liam Hemsworth discusses the end of a Hunger Games era:
“I’ll miss the relationships that we’ve all built,” Liam Hemsworth tells FilmInk. “The crew has been the same pretty much since the beginning, and there are so many people who I’m really close friends with now. When we were shooting in Berlin towards the end, Jennifer and I would sit there and get quite emotional about the fact that it was coming to an end, and the fact that we wouldn’t be spending as much time with all these people. I think that’s what we’ll all miss the most. With Jennifer and [co-star] Josh [Hutcherson], we’ve been through some of the most important points of our lives together. We’ve created such a strong bond because of the things that we’ve experienced together. We can go for a big amount of time without speaking to each other, but we all know how important we are for each other and how much we shared together, and how important our friendship has become.”
And how Jennifer Lawrence felt to film the final scenes:
“Oh my God, it was awful,” the actress shrieks. “We were really crying, and then Josh and Liam and I just held each other for three hours. It was really sad. But I kept my hunting jacket, my leather jacket, and my boots, and I’m working on getting my bow back,” she laughs. “I’m not relieved that it’s finished. We’ve finished, but I don’t feel finished. I love doing these movies. I’m sad to not have them to go back to. And as for acting, I couldn’t do anything else. That’s what keeps me sane. It’s the only thing that I can do, and I would not be happy if I wasn’t doing it unless I have to do it. So whatever comes with that – whatever bad things – was just meant to be, because I can’t not be acting.”
You can purchase a digital or print copy of this issue of FilmINK HERE.
Source: Life in District 13