Donald Sutherland’s Hunger Games Interview

AM I EXCITED FOR NEXT THURSDAY? I CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN HOW PSYCHED I AM FOR THE HUNGER GAMES PREMIERE!

The more videos I see from the film, the more excited I get. I already have my midnight IMAX tickets, and I hope you all go and buy your own before they’re sold out. I don’t even care that the closet IMAX is an hour away! 9:30 PM on Thursday, March 22 I am picking up my girlfriend and driving there. It’s kind-of hard to believe. As we get closer to the premiere, more tidbits, photos, and videos are revealed. I haven’t posted many of the videos, though. My reasoning: almost everything I’ve recently seen has been behind-the-scenes footage and spoilery items. Although… now that I write that, I realize I’ve already spoiled most everything about the series in previous posts. No matter!

I had to post this video. PopSugar recently did an interview with Donald Sutherland (President Snow) which was finally posted. You can view it below or here. I can honestly say this is the best interview I’ve seen from the film’s cast yet. Donald Sutherland is a immensly talented, classical-feeling actor. That is to say, he’s the type of actor that researches his role so much that he almost becomes the character. So, hearing him speak so highly of not only the source text but the film and Gary Ross’s vision is awe-some. Not only that, but he thinks this movie can “awaken a generation”.

The film will include two scenes not originally from the book involving President Snow. At least one of these scenes will take place in Snow’s rose garden. The scenes were apparently based on a letter Donald Sutherland wrote to Gary Ross regarding the psychology and internal reasoning for Snow’s actions. I know, right? How quaint, he wrote a letter! At least big actors are still supporting the USPS (look! I made a joke!). He makes some very good points regarding the challenges in bringing the book to film. Specifically how there are over 30 million mini-versions of the Hunger Games film already existing in every reader’s mind, and how Gary Ross had to bring all the imagery into one. By phrasing it in such a way, I am suddenly many times more excited and open to changes from how I envisioned the book. The best part? He simply brushes off the issue saying that “no one” will walk out of the theater disappointed.

May the odds be ever in your favor,
Sam.

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