Games stars re­turn in blaze of glory

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

LIAM Hemsworth says he spent days on the set of The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire scream­ing and get­ting whipped.

The 23-year-old Aus­tralian ac­tor stars op­po­site Jen­nifer Lawrence in the hit Hunger Games se­quel.

The film fol­lows the in­hab­i­tants of an apoc­a­lyp­tic world in which 24 cho­sen mem­bers are forced once a year to bat­tle to the death.

Hemsworth’s char­ac­ter, Gale Hawthorne, is beaten in one scene by the Peace­keep­ers of the Panem re­gion.

He re­mem­bers that shoot as par­tic­u­larly gru­elling ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Get­ting whipped – it was in­ter­est­ing,’’ he says.

‘‘It was weird ’cause we had a cou­ple hun­dred ex­tras on set, and I spent a while in makeup get­ting my back done with all this in­ter­est­ing pros­thet­ics (sic).

‘‘I was tied to a pole and scream­ing and get­ting whipped, and af­ter a while, it starts to wear on you a bit – just the yelling and ex­haus­tion of it all. It’s an odd thing to turn up to work and get whipped for a few days. For most peo­ple.’’

Al­though the whip­ping scene was bru­tal, the en­tire Catch­ing Fire cast had a blast while film­ing the pic­ture.

Lawrence, who por­trays hero­ine Kat­niss Everdeen, also gushes about the fun she got up to through­out the shoot.

The ac­tress says Hemsworth and their co-stars Josh Hutch­er­son and El­iz­a­beth Banks had such a good time that be­ing on set didn’t feel much like work.

‘‘It’s amaz­ing that we get any work done, zero pro­fes­sion­al­ism,’’ she says.

Lawrence ad­mits she’s been over­whelmed by the suc­cess of the fran­chise.

She says she tried to go gro­cery shop­ping when last year’s first Hunger Games was re­leased, but was soon re­minded of her celebrity sta­tus.

‘‘(The su­per­mar­ket) had to call the po­lice and I had to go down the cargo el­e­va­tor and I was cry­ing . . . ‘‘ she says.

Lawrence says she is grate­ful for the op­por­tu­ni­ties she’s had, but ac­knowl­edges that some­times fans might catch her act­ing a lit­tle grumpy.

‘‘Some­times I’m nice, some­times I’m in a bad mood. Like if I’m at din­ner and I’m eat­ing and some­body wants me to stand up and take a pic­ture – that’s ac­tu­ally helped with my anx­i­ety, know­ing that I don’t have to say yes and I can say no,’’ she says.

The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire is screen­ing now. Above: Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne in a scene from The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire. Left: Jen­nifer Lawrence, as Kat­niss, El­iz­a­beth Banks (Effie Trin­ket) and Josh Hutch­er­son (Peeta).

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