Stars bid farewell to ‘Games’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFILM - DIRK STEIN­METZ

THE FILMS have turned them into the most sought- af­ter ac­tors in Hol­ly­wood. Now The Hunger Games ac­tors Jen­nifer Lawrence, Josh Hutch­er­son and Liam Hemsworth are say­ing farewell in the fi­nal film of the se­ries, The Hunger Games: Mock­ing­jay – Part 2.

In an in­ter­view with dpa, they re­veal what as­pect of the saga they find to be the most im­por­tant, and how the film­ing went in Ber­lin.

dpa: You com­pleted many film shoots in Ber­lin and the sur­round­ing area. How do you feel about it?

Lawrence: We loved it. Ber­lin was our favourite place in all the films.

Hutch­er­son: It’s a bit sad that it is now com­ing to the end. We loved mak­ing these films and would gladly make more of them. But we are still meet­ing each other. We’re friends and ev­ery­thing is fine.

dpa: It’s a love story that con­cerns power. What to you is the most im­por­tant thing about the story?

Hutch­er­son: To me, it’s about revo­lu­tion. It’s about achiev­ing change – these peo­ple are fight­ing against tyranny. That’s at the heart of the story. And Kat­niss is very real. You want to go on this jour­ney with her.

Lawrence: I think it has to do with find­ing a bal­ance be­tween sac­ri­fice, self­less­ness and grace. It has to do with the con­se­quences that re­sult when some­body goes to war and the self­less­ness one needs to achieve change.

Hemsworth: It’s about how an in­di­vid­ual can achieve so much and bring hope to peo­ple. This is a great mes­sage for young peo­ple. Each per­son has a voice.

dpa: What was it like, do­ing some of the film shoots in his­tor­i­cal build­ings in Ber­lin, build­ings that were built dur­ing times of a dic­ta­tor­ship?

Hutch­er­son: It al­most in­stils fear in you, and is scary. What we es­pe­cially liked here in Ber­lin is there are these build­ings and struc­tures that are so im­pos­ing, such as Tem­pel­hof Air­port. It’s great be­ing able to use it to breathe some life into the film and make sure it is in­fused with gen­uine his­tory.

dpa: Dur­ing the film shoot­ing, did you have a chance to ex­plore the city? Did you find some favourite spots?

Lawrence: The beer gar­den in the Tiergarten.

Hemsworth: One of the best things about this city is that you can get around ev­ery­where by bi­cy­cle. And then the many large parks like the Tiergarten. It was sim­ply a lot of fun rid­ing around and then go­ing to en­joy a beer.

Lawrence: And the huge pret­zels!

Hutch­er­son: I was at the Bran­den­burg Gate and saw the World Cup match be­tween Ger­many and Ghana ( watched on bigscreen tele­vi­sion). That was unbe- liev­able. It felt like a mil­lion peo­ple were out on the street. It was some­thing re­ally spe­cial.

dpa: Does it now feel a bit like grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, when ev­ery­body the goes their own way?

Hemsworth: A lit­tle bit. But we aren’t go­ing to be sep­a­rat­ing, or at the most only in terms of our ca­reers. We are such good friends we will al­ways be stay­ing in touch. So this is a happy farewell. – ANA- dpa

Games: Mock­ing­jay – Part 2 Hunger PIC­TURE: EPA

GOOD FRIENDS: Josh Hutch­er­son, Jen­nifer Lawrence and Aus­tralian ac­tor Liam Hemsworth at the world pre­miere of

in Ber­lin.

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