Hunger Games a catalyst for young people: Sutherland
AS THE final movie of fantasy blockbuster franchise The Hunger Games was to premiere in Berlin yesterday, Hollywood star Donald Sutherland said he hopes the story of revolution will give young people hope for "a decent future".
"This is just the beginning," said Sutherland, who plays the tyrannical President Snow ruling over a post-apocalyptic state, in the movie adapted from the wildly popular teen novel trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
"The intent of this - for Suzanne Collins, for me, everyone actually who was involved in this project - is that it would be a catalyst for young people all over the world, everywhere. That they would see in it their doom, and the possibility for a decent future," he said.
"If it doesn't work, we're dead, all of us; if we don't evoke climate change, if we don't solve refugee problems, we don't do any of that, we're dead."
The Hunger Games series tells the story of bow-and-arrow heroine Katniss Everdeen who battles to survive in a reality-TV-style, life-and-death game in a dystopian future state.
In the final movie of the saga, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, she goes on to lead a rebellion against the totalitarian government of District 13.
The movies, the first of which came out in 2012, have made Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, the world's highest-paid actress, with the franchise passing the billion-dollar mark at the box office.
Speaking in Berlin on Tuesday, she said the action heroine she played had deeply inspired her.
"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."
Lawrence was also asked whether Katniss had motivated her to address the disparity in pay between men and women actors in Hollywood films in an open letter last month.
"I don't see how I couldn't be inspired by this character, I mean I was so inspired by her when I read the books, it's the reason I wanted to play her," she said.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 opens in Singapore on Nov 19.