"She inspires me in every way" says Jennifer Lawrence of Katniss Everdeen at premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

"She inspires me in every way" says Jennifer Lawrence of Katniss Everdeen at premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The cast reflects on the series and shares behind-the-scenes details ... one of which gave Liam Hemsworth nightmares!

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Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence (no relation) and Josh Hutcherson at the Berlin Premiere.
Photo: AFP

As the final movie of fantasy blockbuster franchise The Hunger Games premiered in Berlin on Wednesday, actress Jennifer Lawrence reveals she had mixed feelings about completing the series.

“It’s the perfect way to end these amazing four years, but it’s sad to not have this again,” said the 25-year-old Oscar winner.

The movies, the first of which came out in 2012, have made Lawrence the world’s highest-paid actress.

A day earlier, Lawrence said she felt bitter-sweet about saying goodbye to Katniss Everdeen, who leads a rebellion against dictatorship in the series. 

“She is kind, she is ruthless, she is independent-minded. She is strong but merciful,” said Lawrence. “I wish that I could have a percentage of her courage and thoughtfulness. She inspires me in every way.”

Also at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 premiere, Donald Sutherland said he hopes the story of revolution will give youngsters hope.

“This is just the beginning,” said Sutherland, who plays President Snow in the movies adapted from the wildly popular teen novel triology by Suzanne Collins.

(L-R) Donald Sutherland (President Snow), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Sam Calfin (Finnick Odair), Natalie Dormer (Cressida), Julianne Moore (President Alma Coin) and actor Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman) provided a strong supporting cast.
Photo: AP

“(We want The Hunger Games to inspire) young people all over the world, everywhere. That they would see in it their doom, and the possibility for a decent future.”

In the final movie of the saga, Katniss leads a rebellion against the totalitarian government of District 13. 

Julianne Moore, who plays President Alma Coin of District 13, said returning to Germany for some of the shooting had brought back family memories.

One of the locations was Berlin’s gigantic Nazi-era Tempelhof airport terminal.

“As I rolled up to the set, I kept taking pictures of it to send it to my father, who used to fly into Tempelhof when he was stationed in Frankfurt,” said Moore. “It was interesting to be in a place that is so historical and to be shooting something.”

“I loved Berlin," Moore adds. "I went to high school in Frankfurt, and it was a different Germany then, it was before the Wall came down. So to see the city, which is the centre of so much culture and so alive has been really fun for me.”

Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’s best friend, hunting partner, and one-third of the romantic triangle between Gale, Katniss, and baker boy Peeta Mellark, said some of the action scenes were indeed hair-raising to film.

“We had a tracking camera coming at us,” he said, which was pushed extremely fast towards the actors by a “very stronge and quite scary” operator while they sprinted at it.

“And I have nightmares about one of us falling over in front of this ... because it is like a train coming at you. And if you do fall in front of that, you’re most likely going to die. It was a very dangerous shot,” he said, laughing. “I don’t think, people realise how dangerous it was.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opens in Hong Kong on November 19th.

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