"I hadn’t considered that until you just said it, and now I feel a bit anxious. So thank you" Empire had just put it to Sam Claflin, one of Catching Fire’s break-out stars as troubled hunk Finnick, that The Hunger Games is on the brink of being not just a successful franchise but an iconic one; a movie series that defines cinema-going for a generation. “I’m really glad none of us were thinking about that while we were shooting, but I suppose you’re right,” says Claflin. “We were just trying to live up to the last two. If we’d been thinking about a legacy we might have crumpled under the pressure.”
Mockingjay is where the series gets intense. Yes, more intense than child murder and state oppression. Our heroes are, as Claflin says, “in a pretty grim place.” Director Francis Lawrence calls it “a story of the consequences of war….To not pull punches at the end is really important. The ending is not just the squeaky-clean ending that people expect from a young-adult series.”
I don’t really diet or anything. I’m miserable when I’m dieting and I like the way I look. I’m really sick of all these actresses looking like birds… I’d rather look a little chubby on camera and look like a person in real life, than look great on screen and look like a scarecrow in real life.
When I was a teenager I read about the wacky adventures of babysitters and high school cheerleaders and their problems. Now teenagers read about cancer-stricken teens, evil dystopian governments and sexy vampires.
Cillian Murphy is the bashful owner of the most dazzling sky-blue irises since Peter O’Toole’s lit up the Jordanian desert in Lawrence of Arabia. “It would be foolish to become self-conscious about it,” he says, “because I just see them as for looking through. It’s not anything you can ever think about.”