‘Hunger Games’ Producer Nina Jacobson: Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Like Katniss, She’s Really Stepped Up to the Plate’

Producer Nina Jacobson admitted Monday night that she was feeling a bit nostalgic about Jennifer Lawrence at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” at the Nokia Theatre.

“It doesn’t seem like that long ago that she was auditioning for the part,” Jacobson recalled on the red carpet (although the decor was mostly bright white while Panem peacekeepers roamed). “I’ve got to say that we made a pretty great decision and she’s really grown with the part. Like Katniss, she’s really stepped up to the plate.”

Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket, said Lawrence is cognizant of taking on leadership despite being only 24. “Jennifer sets a great tone on the set,” she said.

Banks also admitted she was feeling a big fatigued after two premieres in a week. “I feel like I’ve just walked 27 miles,” she explained.

Director Francis Lawrence intro’d the entire cast on stage, then noted the absence of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, to whom the film is dedicated.

The afterparty on the L.A. Live Deck featured an entrance strewn with styrofoam rubble and real white roses in homage to Donald Sutherland’s President Snow. Lionsgate opens “Mockingjay” in the U.S. on Nov. 21.

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