I’m a big fan of the Hunger Games. A really big fan! It’s a great story, a great cast and a great production. But most of all – it provides a basis for discussion about what could happen to this country of ours (and others) if we don’t get off our naive narcissistic soapboxes long enough to realize we have issues that have to be dealt with. But enough of that.
For those of you who don’t know – the Hunger Games is huge, no really huge, blockbuster movie that came out March this year and has already grossed $400 million in the United States alone. The Hunger Games is based on the bestselling book of the same name, the first of a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis (home of the 1%), holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one child can survive.
Katniss is played by the young actress Jennifer Lawrence, who was twenty at the time of filming. Now Lawrence, while not a household name, is very accomplished. In addition to playing one of the lead roles in “X-Men: First Class,” was nominated for an Oscar for her lead role in the film “Winters Bone” (which you should definitely see). She does well, but she can still walk the street without normally being noticed.
When the word got out there was going to be a Hunger Games movie, Hollywood went into a frenzy. This was going to be the next mega-huge franchise with three if not four films in total. Predictions were it would rival “Twilight” and ‘Harry Potter” at the box office. Every young actress on the planet wanted the role of Katniss. She carries the entire story, appearing in nearly every scene though out all three books.
Lawrence auditioned and immediately afterwards the director, Gary Ross, said: “I don’t know if I even want to do this without Jennifer in it.” She was Katniss! Within two days, she was offered the job.
Her response was: “I’d like to take three days to decide.” “WHAT” – was the silent response on the other end of the phone.
I saw an interview Lawrence did on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts. After the screams of euphoria from the outdoor crowd of teenage girls died down, Roberts asked Lawrence: “Why did it take you three days to make the decision to do this movie, this opportunity of a lifetime that everybody wants.”
Her answer: “I didn’t know if I wanted my life to go in that direction. I’m pretty happy right now, and I knew if I signed up for this … my life would never be the same. I could never go back.”
The role of Katniss, in possibly biggest movie franchise ever, led by a female heroine – would include enormous wealth, stature as young girls role model, as well as 24/7 scrutiny. Now after three days, Lawrence did accept the role, did the movie and nailed it. In fact she’ll probably receive another Oscar nomination if not a win.
Now here’s my question to you – and the reason for this post. If the same type of question was posed to you, and you were given the chance to forever leave behind your life in this fashion … would it take you three to decide? And on top of that, given your current life, would you trade it in for a new one?
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