‘Hunger Games’ Sneak Peek: Director’s Commentary

The Hunger Games” VMA sneak peek only gave fans of the series a brief taste of what’s to come in the film adaptation, but fortunately, MTV News also has some exclusive commentary on the footage from director Gary Ross to give you guys more to chew on.

The experts weighed in earlier today on why they thought the teaser only showed Katniss, had a Gale voice over and lacked a significant amount of Peeta. Ross came in to set the record straight on the various components of the short clip and also teased that there is plenty more deliciousness to come in upcoming months. After the jump we break down Ross’s commentary about why the teaser contained specific things, and his big tease of what fans have in store for them.

Gale Is In Katniss’s Head
“I think as everyone knows, Gale is an enormous part of Katniss’s life, but he’s not as big a part of the first book as he is of the subsequent books. And so I think that he’s very, very present and tremendously important, but of course we ship into the Capitol and then obviously the arena where Peeta ends up playing a more prominent role,” Ross explained. “But he’s in her head, he’s in her life, he’s something that echoes with her throughout the Games as any reader of the books knows. He plays an obviously prominent role.”

Jennifer Lawrence Is Katniss Everdeen
“[Reading ’The Hunger Games’] was such an intense first person experience. So my job in making the film is first and foremost to reflect that. How do we get inside Katniss’s head, how do we feel what she’s feeling, how do we become her? The first thing that allows you to do that is Jennifer Lawrence because she’s such an unbelievable actor. She has so much depth and power and talent and sophistication and sensitivity and subtlty that she’s become Katniss Everdeen synonymously for me,” Ross gushed about his leading lady, saying he hopes she becomes as recognized as being Katniss as Daniel Radcliffe was for Harry Potter. “I can’t imagine Katniss absent Jennifer Lawrence.”

Plenty More To Come
“We’re not done shooting yet, but there’s a lot of things to come that I think is going to be hugely epic and very emotional and incredibly powerful,” Ross teased. “I think that we’ve done wonderful things with the Mutts. I think that we’ve done a tremendous job with bringing the Capitol to life, and I think that’s going to be really, really exciting for people to see. All the performances. I mean, wait until you see Stanley Tucci do Caesar Flickman.”

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