The rebellion resonated through the Capitol Monday night as a precision-planned ambush engulfed Leicester Square’s Odeon for the world bow of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1.”
Elizabeth Banks, in an Effie Trinket-worthy flowery Elie Saab gown blown about in the wind, braved the chilly red carpet as fans camped out for a chance to see the stars. “I always forget how much the fans love it! I thank everyone who’s out in the cold tonight,” she said.
Rebel forces converged to wreak havoc on the lantern-lit red carpet, rallying support from London allies, united to join the fight alongside rebel leaders Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore.
Lawrence boldly claimed to be lacking her character Katniss’ steel, explaining, “Drawing on your own personal experience is tricky for me — she’s a very different person, who handles emotion in a very different way. I would have been crying every single day, ‘Where is my Mom?'”
Donald Sutherland had his own take on the movie’s darkest times. “When in war it’s always messy, it’s never black and white. They’re always shades of gray. I think that’s what you can take from it,” he said. When asked about President Snow’s twisted relationship with Katniss, Sutherland was very clear. “I don’t think it’s twisted. He just loves her,” he said. He was also just as effusive in his praise for the actress. “You don’t get a chance to work with a genius like that too often. That’s what she is,” Sutherland said of Jennifer Lawrence.
Her fans were also equally adoring, offering pizza and Doritos. “I’ve had so much food given to me, thank you for all of the snacks,” she said during her Yahoo livestream interview. “They know me so well.”
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Helmer Francis Lawrence reported that they have one scene left to shoot in Part 2 of the “Mockingjay” finale. “The fans have been so supportive, not only of the movies, but of me, which I really appreciate,” he said.
Producer Nina Jacobson also complimented the fans as “so committed, so passionate and so smart.” “I feel more connected to them than ever because this is my first year I’ve been on Twitter with them,” she said.
Elsewhere, pic’s love rivals, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson proved to be red carpet comrades, before stepping into the screening, with differences extinguished, ready for the penultimate battle to roll.
The afterparty was held at Victoria House.
Lionsgate opens “Mockingjay — Part 1” in the U.S. on Nov. 21.