“Guten Abend!” said Julianne Moore to the 6,000 “Hunger Games” fans gathered at Berlin’s Sony Centre in Potsdamer Platz on Wednesday for the world premiere of “Mockingjay – Part 2.”
Lionsgate’s series finale will also make stops in London, Paris, Madrid, Beijing and Los Angeles as part of their world tour.
“I’m excited for fans to see it,” said Jennifer Lawrence, “I know it’s going to be your favorite one.”
Producer Nina Jacobson spoke about the decision to film and hold the premiere in Berlin. “The fans in Germany have always been our most passionate and committed fans. People really understand and love the books and they show up in a big way.”
Although fans may be sad to see the franchise end, the cast and crew reflected on the last five years with great memories from filming and fondness for the characters and the films.
“We feel such a sense of accomplishment. It’s a perfect way to end these amazing four years, but it’s sad we won’t have this again,” Lawrence said.
“I’ve come out of this whole journey with two of my best friends in the whole world,” said Liam Hemsworth on his bond with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.
Hutcherson said he couldn’t have imagined the fanfare as he was settling into an acting career. “I just wanted to be a liar and get paid for it! Because of these films, I have the opportunity to find new characters and tell new stories.”
Elizabeth Banks, in a whimsical floral Elie Saab gown and gold laurel crown inspired by Effie Trinket, also praised director Francis Lawrence for having a hand in her directorial career. “Francis was really integral in me directing. He was very encouraging. (On set) I love to sit in video village and be in on the action.” (After directing “Pitch Perfect 2” to record success, she will be returning to direct “Pitch Perfect 3,” which will be released in Aug. 2017.)
Willow Shields was greeted with a big hug by on-screen sister Jennifer Lawrence on the carpet. “The love they have for each other is unlike any other love in the books,” she said of their characters.
“Katniss’ story is deeply resonant — it speaks to both the anxiety and the hope that we feel, and the potential we feel that one person can stand up and make a change,” said Jacobson.
Also on hand were Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Natalie Dormer, Michelle Forbes and producer Jon Kilik. As the carpet wrapped up, Jennifer Lawrence promised to continue to autograph for the fans. “I swear to God, I’m going to try to sign for all of you!”
When asked what she was most looking forward during her night in Berlin, she answered in her most Jennifer Lawrencian way, “I’m pretty hungry, we’re getting dinner.”
Lionsgate opens “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” Nov. 20.