In a great new interview with MovieFone Jennifer Lawrence talks ‘The Hunger Games’ including being a fan of the books, imagining herself as Katniss, the ‘Twilight’ comparisons, and more:
When you read the books, did you imagine yourself playing Katniss?
No [laughs]. When I read them, it was before there was any talk of the movie or anything, so I definitely didn’t picture myself. That would be slightly narcissistic, anyway. By the time there were talks of the movie, I was so turned off by the idea — because we’ve watched so many people destroy our favorite books [by turning them into movies]. There was interest in me for it, so I had a meeting with Gary Ross, and just loved everything he was saying. I knew the movie was being made by people who are fans of the book and wanted to stay true to its story, and understood that it’s a sad story, not a cool action flick. There was hesitation, of course, over the size of it and what my life would be like if I were to say yes, but I slowly came around to the idea. I’m happy I did [laughs].
Despite the fact that these books are nothing like “Twilight,” comparisons between the two franchises are often made in the media. Does that bother you?
I don’t really care! I mean, I get it: they’re all beloved books and they’re huge best-sellers, and they become a franchise. It’s easy to compare them. I think I’m more relaxed about it because once you see the movie you know it’s absolutely nothing like “Twilight,” or nothing like “Harry Potter,” except in size. I’m not worried about it. I like the “Twilight” movies.
You’re a huge fan of the books. Was there anything cut out that you wish wasn’t?
There was not one thing that I wasn’t blown away by — that I just loved. I know that’s a typical interview answer, but really: what the Capitol looked like, what the train looked like, what an Avox looks like — they created this world that I couldn’t even imagine when I was reading the book. Anything that has changed is for the better — for making a better movie. I think that’s where people go wrong when they’re making books into movies. People are disappointed if there’s something missing, but you also have to think that you’re making a movie. It’s the perfect combination; everything that you want in there is in there, but it’s also just a great film.
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