Francis Lawrence was recently interviewed by the LA Times’ Hero Complex team, discussing the franchise and shooting both Mockingjay films. The article has some great excerpts from Francis, who shed some light on filming certain scenes from Mockingjay – Part 1.
On Jennifer portraying Katniss’ failed attempts at “acting” in the propos:
“She was very good at it,” director Francis Lawrence recalled of his star’s ability to turn in an intentionally lousy performance. “We had a bunch of variations, but we didn’t want to go too far. Some were really broad and funny but not quite tonally right for the movie…. It was a nice couple of days of laughter on set.”
Francis also discussed the expansion of President Coin’s character in the films plus Julianne Moore’s interpretation:
“Julianne had a few ideas on how to play her,” Lawrence said. “There was a quiet strength; that was one of the big things that she wanted, so you’ll notice that Coin speaks sort of softly. There’s, I guess you would say, a warmth that you might not get from her in the book that Julianne wanted to bring.”
Francis spoke highly of Mockingjay‘s story, saying, “I think quite honestly this book and these two movies are what give meaning to the whole series.”
Nina Jacobson also chimed in on Mockingjay‘s impact and Katniss’ character, stating, “People relate to her…. I’m moved by the degree to which Katniss embodies the ability of one person no matter how flawed, how complicated [to] make an enormous impact just by doing the right thing when given the choice.”
Nina further went on to address the frequently asked question regarding the decision to split the book into two movies.
“A lot happens in the ‘Mockingjay’ book, and to try to cram it all into one movie, I think we would have never had the time to spend with the relationships and with the characters.
What we’ve tried to preserve from Suzanne’s books is a sense of a story, which is at every turn informed by the trials and tribulations of these characters,” Jacobson said. “I think Francis has proven extraordinary at doing that and being able to balance … spectacle and intimacy. It’s great to try to hold on to real human experience as much as possible.”
I cannot praise Francis and Nina enough. They both just get it.
To read the complete interview with Hero Complex, click here.
Source: LA Times via Panem Propaganda