May 28, 2013

INTERVIEW: Director Francis Lawrence talks about The Games in 'Catching Fire'

Apart from the new still of Peeta and Effie in Catching Fire, Empire Magazine's July issue also has a brief article from an interview with director Francis Lawrence about Catching Fire. 

WARNING: the interview contains spoilers. Read at your own risk if you haven't read the books.
On the tone of Catching Fire

“Everything opens up in this one … I think that without the second and the third book, the first movie would feel like a relatively small story, but the mythology opens up and the stakes ratchet up. You realise that this is about so much more than one person and that a whole country and a rebellion and loads of people’s lives are at stake.”
On revisiting the Games and Tributes

“Any time leading up to the Games you’re gonna go to the Capitol, go through training, go through the chariots and the interviews. So we had to be really vigilant about how to make those moments feel different. These tributes are like war veterans. One of the great things about all the books is just the theme of the consequences of war. All these people, and they how it all in different ways, have some form of PTSD, and the ones that you get to know, you start to see the cracks in their veneer. And once we got into the arena – ours is tropical so the geography was wildly different – it was easy.”

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