‘Mockingjay: Part 2’ cast and crew talk wrapping up the franchise, characters and lots more

Liam, Josh, Jen, Francis - SDCC 2015

Spinoff Online has posted their incredibly detailed interview with the cast and crew of Mockingjay: Part 2 from this year’s Comic Con. They talk about the aspects of the franchise, wrapping it up, their characters and lots more.

Read the excerpt below:

Can you talk about that aspect of the film?

Lawrence: Well, I think that there were a lot of books that went by without a war [laughs]. We held off for as long as we could. This is, obviously, a fictional story about a fictional government. I think that at the bare minimum, we hope an audience walks away with, especially a young audience, would walk away from these movies is to think and not follow the feet in front of you. But yes, the bare minimum of what we’re trying to do is inspire people to think.

Josh Hutcherson: Also, I think it’s a lot about the consequences of war. It’s about all the efforts that were made and all the things that went wrong to get to the point where you had to go to war. And so stopping it before it gets to that point, I think, is a big message as well, seeing how everything went wrong and how extreme it had to become and how it couldn’t be stopped earlier.

Jen, what are you going to miss about Josh, and Josh, what are you going to miss about Jennifer?

Lawrence: Well, we’re best friends.

Hutcherson: You got it.

Lawrence: So we still see each other all the time. So I don’t miss seeing them because we all still hang out. But I do miss acting with them because this really horrible thing happens where we can’t make eye contact [laughs] without laughing. And I don’t have that challenge in any other movie, with any other actors that I work with. Normally, I can make eye contact with actors and finish scenes. And that is a challenge that I will miss.

Hutcherson: Jen definitely creates a great vibe on the sets.

Lawrence: Thanks!

Hutcherson: So I think that’s going to be missed on future projects. I think because she just acts so crazy and genuine, she makes other people around her feel free to be themselves. And that’s something that is kind of rare to find, especially from an actress on a set. [To Lawrence] Your hands still smell weird.

Lawrence: They don’t smell – oh, it was those ranch chips.

Hutcherson: So I’ll miss that, for sure.

How would you compare the intensity of Hollywood with show business to the “Hunger Games”? And were you comparable to the characters of the film?

Hemsworth: There are definitely crazy people, there and in real life.

Lawrence: There certainly are. There are people in Hollywood that have crazy hair just like in the Capitol.

Hemsworth: There’s this guy we know, Lenny Kravitz who looks just like he would dress.

Lawrence: I can’t tell when he’s in costume and when he is not.

Hemsworth: It’s the same guy.

Could you talk about what it was like to say goodbye?

Hemsworth: I think it was for all of us. It was extremely emotional to have this project come to an end. And I think we’re all really lucky to have made such good friends and shared such a special experience together. I mean, it was a crazy world to be thrown into an amazing project to be a part of and to really grow up together doing. We’re all five or six years ago.

Lawrence: I don’t know. I thought it was 10.

Hemsworth: I think about the person I was then, and the person I am right now. All of us, we’ve grown up so much and changed so much. This will always be…

Lawrence: Now, I don’t go anywhere without a jet.

Hemsworth: – special moment in my life.

Nina or Francis, do you want to address the dangerous scenes?

Francis Lawrence: Well, I think some of the ideas that we really get into in “Mockingjay 2,” are the complexities of war that Josh was speaking about earlier. And the big idea is this gray quality of war too that is confusing, and it’s complex. And it’s never an easy decision whether a war is needed or not.

Nina Jacobsen (sic): I think also that once you disrupt the story that the establishment wants to tell, anything can happen, and change becomes possible if people are brave enough to pursue it. And the Capitol has complete control over the media in the first movie. And Katniss begins to break that with Peeta in the end of the first movie. Over the course of this revolution, who is in charge of the media and what they do with it becomes enormously important to the outcome. And it is only sort of through the pursuit of truth and the defiance of the system that our characters ultimately create change, but it doesn’t come easily. But I think that mindfulness is something very potent, that this material, I think, raises and I think that audiences really understand.

Do you think that Katniss believes in the revolution, or is she just playing the role that is expected of her?

Lawrence: I think that for a long time, I wouldn’t say that it was manipulated. I would call it more of a sense of survival. I don’t think there was really believable hope of a revolution. At the beginning of Katniss’ story, I think she was trying to save her sister. And then she was trying to save herself and then Peeta. And waking up in District 13 changed things. Losing Peeta changed things. And I believe that she kind of grows into her position and takes control over her own destiny, and in that, the revolution. So I think that for a while, blah, blah, blah … Because, as I said, it was a growing, developing thing. And she was a young girl and was just trying to survive and was scared. And I don’t think that she really wanted a war. I don’t think there was ever – the whole movie is about the consequence of war and how important it is to kind of try to avoid something like that. That’s something that I really love about the second movie is that’s when she takes power and decides that she does want to be the Mockingjay, but that she does believe in that cause. But it took many years and many books to get there.

Jacobsen (sic): And there’s also a difference between being a warrior and being a symbol of a revolution. Katniss, is inherently that character who wants to take action and to do what needs to be done. And I think that’s doesn’t have to be a sound bite or poster child. So I think she might be willing to give up being the Mockingjay, but not being a revolutionary.

Liam, your character Gale has gone down a different path. How did that feel?

Hemsworth: I think Gale is sort of right where he wants to be right now. He’s an emotional, strong willed, independent, angry young man. A lot of things have happened to him. The feel the way he feels, and his biggest motivation, his biggest drive now is to take down the Capitol. That’s all he’s really thinking about. I think his focus becomes less about Katniss and more about being in this war. And he’s kind of a little bit of a ticking time bomb in a way, I guess, because he’s just having a disagreement and opinions between Katniss and Gale in this one because they have very different views about what’s acceptable in war and what’s still right and wrong. And he’s willing to do anything to end this problem.

For Jennifer and Josh, how do you feel your characters have evolved?

Hutcherson: I mean, for me, I was really attracted to Peeta’s arc throughout the story. And I think he starts as a more quiet and kind of not so secure in himself and had like a hard family life and everything. And then once he kind of confesses his love to Katniss and empowers himself in a way. And then in “Mockingjay 1″ and 2, he gets pretty messed up. He gets taken in by the Capitol and gets tortured and brainwashed and all these things. And then to have him kind of come out of that and have the recovery process are really up and down for him. And it was great for me to play, and it was fun to show all this experience that he has.

Shields: Yeah, I mean, I think for me, I started when I was 10, so I didn’t even know how to form a sentence when I was 10 years old.

Lawrence: Oh, my God. You were giving me advice.

Shields: I was missing teeth. I was missing a lot of teeth. So a lot of things –It’s crazy to think back. Me going from 10 to 15, and playing the same character and going back and filming each movie every year is an incredible experience. It is really sad to not have that anymore because I felt like it was so – it was just something that I knew was going to happen every year. I’m going back and film next one. So it’s weird to not have that anymore. But my evolution of Prim has been really amazing for me to read the books and kind of try to portray as best as I can. I feel like her evolution is really amazing to watch because she really grows up a lot, and she’s really there for Katniss in the last two films, I think. Can I form a sentence now?

Find the full interview here.

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