“Did you have a nightmare? I have nightmares too. Someday I’ll explain it to you. Why they came. Why they won’t ever go away. But I’ll tell you how I survive it. I make a list in my head. Of all the good things I’ve seen someone do. Every little thing I could remember. It’s like a game I do it over and over. Gets a little tedious after all these years, but… there are much worse games to play.”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015, Francis Lawrence)
“Before the shoot we had Josh come in…and we shot quickly over the course of a couple hours the three interviews that Josh does as Peeta as we see him deteriorate through the movie. We had the editors cut that together and so we can play the test footage for Jen and Liam during the scene . So we actually had sound and had picture so she could see Josh. He was kind of just popping in and out, which was tough for Jen, because she’s so attached to and loves Josh so much. Because of that sort of absence when we had him up on the screen it actually worked for us because it was, you know she really was missing Josh and not having Josh around, and then suddenly seeing him up on the screen and you know in pain, and sort of tortured, it worked well for her emotionally.”
Well, Francis, you are an evil genius because my god, the emotional impact of these scenes were so emotionally gut-wrenching. I felt like I was being stabbed straight in the heart. What a way to use a real life situation for the benefit of a movie.
The first assembly cut of the movie was just over three hours. There are not a lot of deleted scenes, surprisingly, even with the run time we've got even though we've probably cut 40 or so minutes out of the movie. It was really mostly trims, just that some scenes were too long. But the scenes we did cut will be on the DVD as deleted scenes.
Francis Lawrence on the first assembly cut of Catching Fire and the deleted scenes