Even if you don’t know Peeta from Panem, by this point, you at least know of the existence of “The Hunger Games.” But before the blockbuster franchise hit the big screen, unless you were a tweenager or a fan of YA fiction, it’s likely you had no idea about Katniss. Certainly, President Snow aka Donald Sutherland didn’t.
“I hadn’t even heard of the books, but it became patently apparent to me that this was something,” the actor recently told The Telegraph. “It was the first thing I’d read in years that could become a creative political stimulus for young people.”
While it’s debatable how much regular audience members have become politically motivated after seeing the films, Sutherland praises lead Jennifer Lawrence for what she brings to her centerpiece role. “She’s a delivery system for truth,” he said. “She’s the cigarette paper that holds the tobacco in the cigarette.”
READ MORE: ‘The Hunger Games’ Helmer Francis Lawrence To Direct ‘The Odyssey’
Below, check out a new clip from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” plus images, TV spots and more. The film opens on Friday.