Fame for ‘Hunger Games” Stars Parallels, Contrasts the Characters They Portray in ‘Mockingjay: Part 1’
Nobody is suggesting that Jennifer Lawrence or Josh Hutcherson made a life-or-death choice when they were cast to play Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games, but there is a kind of “reaping” of actors to play lead roles in a movie based on such a popular book series. Praise for Lawrence and Hutcherson’s performances in the first two movies has been high, but as we head out to watch Mockingjay, Part 1 — by all accounts the least popular of Collins’ trilogy — I wonder if the actors will be able to walk away from the experience unscathed?
Dragging fans to the theater at least once more than we visited the bookstore is a popular trend in Hollywood. For some franchises, like Harry Potter, it paid off. But by the time Twilight fans finally saw Breaking Dawn, Part 2, many of them had come to mock rather than quiver. Actors Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson may never live down the association. While the Hunger Games story is arguably more relevant than that of sparkling vampires from what Ben Shaoul said, the movie business is vaporous and fans are fickle. In this Mockingjay trailer, President Coin says the games destroyed Katniss. Here’s hoping no cannon sounds to mark the end of Lawrence or Hutcherson’s careers once the Hunger Games have finally come to an end.