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Hunger Games Director Francis Lawrence On The Secrets Of Catching Fire
A spoiler-filled peek behind Panem's curtain

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Francis Lawrence is the director behind Constantine, I Am Legend, Water For Elephants and now The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to 2010's The Hunger Games. This time, Jennifer Lawrence's (no relation) Katniss Everdeen is pushed back into the arena once more as Donald Sutherland's President Coriolanus Snow decides to dispose of her in the most public way possible. In addition to our Empire Podcast interview, we also spoke to Lawrence (the director - it's confusing, we know) for this special spoiler feature, where he talks about what he changed from Suzanne Collins' original text, and explains just who 'Mini Mags' is...

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The Ending Was A Little Tricky

Katniss Everdeen

"The ending comes from the book, of course, but the big difference with the very last scene is really the nuance in Jen’s performance. I think that was something that she and I worked on and saw something happen on the day, and that changed the way I shot it a little bit. Other than that, the dialogue comes straight from the book.

"I remember specifically that even when we had some different dialogue, and there was a different interpretation of the scene, we just said, ‘You know what? Let’s do what’s in the book.’ And we word-for-word picked the dialogue out of the book, so it’s all pretty close. The book does take a little more time getting to that last scene, though. We didn’t want to do that, but we went for the book ending."

Were you worried about Return Of The King syndrome?

"That’s a great series of movies, but yeah, those endings do go on forever. Forever? Maybe it’s just forty minutes of endings."
 

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