Australia’s FilmInk magazine has released a new interview with The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson where she talks the franchise, her career and women in showbiz.
What sparked this for you?
I just found that it was a book where once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It just felt really powerful, really relevant. And I thought that it managed to be provocative and to talk about violence, entertainment, and the gap between the 1% and the 99%, but to do it all through the prism of a character who you felt deeply for. It just felt like something you had never seen before, and something that I wanted to see on screen, and a character that was unforgettable.
In what ways have you seen Jennifer, Liam and Josh change over the course of filming?
I think the most heartening thing has been to see how close they have become with each other. Often times fame divides people and makes people individuate or be competitive with each other. They never turned that way. They became a family, they became incredibly close, they grew up together. Other people of that age are going to college, and they instead had this experience. Certainly their freedom of movement has been impacted, but they have had a good role model in someone like Woody. Everywhere you go people recognise him, and he’s really gracious about it, and really appreciative. It’s not like you appreciate it when people bother you at dinner, but appreciate that success of that kind is nothing to be taken for granted. They all come from good families, of people who have their head on straight, and are surrounded by good people and not yes people.
In terms of franchises and offshoots, is there another life for any of this Hunger Games mania?
I don’t know. Right now it’s hard for me to picture that. Right now it feels complete. If Suzanne Collins has an inspiration I’d be psyched, but at this point I don’t know how to do that.
Jennifer Lawrence has her production company. Did she pick your brains about it?
Yeah, we definitely talked about it a bit. I’m really proud and excited to see her take that next step. She actually said one of the nicest things to me that anybody ever said, which was that on set that I don’t say that much, but what I do say she always wants to hear. The idea that it’s better to create an environment in which people can do their best work, and to only speak up when you have something meaningful to say, and not just to impose your presence as a producer. To let other people’s voices emerge instead of your own.
Read the full interview here.