March 15, 2012

INTERVIEW: Josh Hutcherson on the story's violence: "It's not overly gruesome or brutal but it is part of the story in some way."

Reuters asked The Hunger Games cast at the UK premiere yesterday to share their insights on the story's violence and brutality and here's what they had to say:
When asked whether she believed the violence depicted on screen was acceptable, Lawrence said:

“I think so, yes, because it’s the violence and the brutality (which) is the heart of the film, because it’s what gets the people angry to start an uprising and to start a revolution.

“I do think the violence and brutality is justified, but I understand if everybody has a different standard for ratings,” the actress told Reuters…

… Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark, said he believed director Gary Ross had struck the right balance between staying true to the book and not overdoing the violence.

“I think kids are more mature than they have been over the years and I think … the whole idea was to make this movie and stay true to the book without alienating audiences.

“So Gary Ross did it in a way where he didn’t glorify it (the violence) at all. It’s not overly gruesome or brutal but it is part of the story in some way.”

We couldn't agree more with what Josh and Jennifer said.  You can read the full interview on Reuters. 


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