Jennifer Lawrence: “I think we might shoot Catching Fire in Hawaii”
Entertainment Weekly has a new interview with Jennifer Lawrence and Director Gary Ross where they talked about various themes, including Oscar possibilities for the movie and Catching Fire!
You may be aware that Jennifer Lawrence was nominated in 2010 by the Academy Awards as Best Actress for her role in Winter’s Bone (more information on that here), well, now, Gary Ross is discussing the possibilities of her being nominated once again, this time for her performance in The Hunger Games.
“The range in this performance, the emotional terrain that she investigates, the demands of what this role are,” he raves of Lawrence’s portrayal of series heroine Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old forced alongside other children into a televised fight-to-the-death. “It’s such an intensely physical role and an emotional one. She carries the entire movie. To be able to do that at that age is so kind of incredible that I was in a little bit of awe. Do I think she should be nominated? Absolutely.”
Jennifer explains how they all bonded as a family and she even mentions how willing she is to go back to shoot Catching Fire.
“We were all a family,” says Lawrence. “Everything that I love about the movie, and everything that got me to say yes to this movie, was Gary.” On set, however, she says Ross liked to float the possibility of him leaving everyone in the hands of a new director. “He wanted me to worry about it, because he enjoys my anxiety,” she says with a laugh. “That was a huge, huge thing that he used to lure over my head. Like a bastard!”
As the Director himself revealed to Fandango, he is definitely coming back to direct the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire; and he takes this opportunity to talk about his own vision of the film:
“I love the title Catching Fire because from the moment Katniss was willing to eat the berries,” he says, “the moment she was willing to give her life for something larger than herself, she set off a chain reaction that was at once bigger than her and also because of her. That’s a very exciting movie to make because you’re seeing the emergence of a leader. It’s the birth of a revolution so it has context that’s larger than just the Games themselves.”
But that’s not everything we got! Lawrence revealed some exciting news: training for Catching Fire starts in July and they might be shooting in Hawaii!
“Signing onto the movies I was like, ‘Well, I’ll probably love the first one and then I’ll just want to get the rest of them out of the way,’” she says. “But I can’t wait to start training. As soon as they were like ‘We need to start training in July,’ I was like ‘Woohoo!’ I can’t wait to get back.” She pauses to laugh. “Though I don’t know if that’s because I think we might shoot in Hawaii.”
On the upcoming months, after the release of the first film, we’ll surely hear more about this!