Category: Catching Fire Cast
Jennifer Lawrence looked stunning last night at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Jennifer was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle. Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar for her role in 12 Years A Slave.
Love the selfie with Ellen DeGeneres!
Two of us had the chance to go out to Los Angeles to go attend the ‘Catching Fire’ movie premiere here are my reflections and review of the weekend, with Heather’s to come later:
I actually was able to attend part of the Fan Camp on Saturday, even though my flight into LA was delayed, but I’m glad I made it! By the time I got there the actual camp had already been erects with tons of tents along the side of the Nokia Plaza, and fans were lined up to meet Willow Shields (Prim) and then later on Stephanie Leigh Schlund (Cashmere). All the screens on the plaza were showing mockingjays and people representing Kindle Fire were there taking photos of fans in front of a green screen. Here are a few pictures I was able to snap:
In terms of the premiere it was pretty amazing, even though I didn’t get to go to the red carpet. We had seats in the center section and many of the named tributes from the ‘Hunger Games’ were sitting a few rows behind us! It was cool that they were supporting the next film, even though they weren’t in it.
Check out this interview with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, and Jena Malone as they answer fan-submitted questions and some burning questions of their own, which range anywhere from a telepathically asked “What was your favorite part of shooting in Hawaii?” to the awkward “What issues did you have with your wetsuits?”
It’s just not a Jennifer interview if she isn’t talking about food and or pee. I thought it was cool to hear from the newcomers. Sam and Jena seem to fit right in, which is good considering this group will be together for two more films. And I had no idea Josh was half-cricket.
What were your favorite parts of the interview?
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Willow Shields, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and director Francis Lawrence all looked smashing at the London premiere of ‘Catching Fire’ on Monday night!
More photos and videos after the break! Love LOVE the photos of Jennifer, Liam and Josh!
Check out this clip posted on the Official Hunger Games Movie Facebook page yesterday night entitled “Your job is to be a distraction…”
It looks like one of the scenes from District 11 when Katniss and Peeta are on the Victory Tour, and I absolutely love the intensity of the moment. Who else is excited to see more?!
[Source: Hunger Games Movie Facebook]
Professional stunt double, Katie Eischen, who performed for both Jennifer Lawrence and Jena Malone on Catching Fire, was gracious enough to answer a handful of questions about her work on the film! Read on to see what she had to say about working on set.
1) How was working on the set of Catching Fire different from other television and film roles/stunt jobs you’ve had?
This was my first time working with the stunt team 87Eleven, and with the Stunt Coordinator/2nd unit director Chad Stahelski, and assistant Coordinator Sam Hargrave. They have a very good reputation, and are one of the best groups out there when it comes to fights/fight choreography for films. So getting to be a part of this crew was very exciting for me. Working on this set was different than most for me, because this Stunt Group really drills each fight until it is perfected… and then they will drill it some more. I really respected how they continue to work hard until each fight scene is perfected.
2) What did you do to specifically prepare for this role?
I have a background in gymnastics and martial arts/fights for film, but I had never had to perform with both the ax, and the bow and arrow. The first day I got to set, the stunt team taught me the scene where Jennifer takes out about 12 tributes during their training. After learning and perfecting this scene, they had me practice just shooting the bow and arrow multiple times to make sure that my form was spot on. I also needed to get acquainted with how Jennifer moved, to make sure that I was matching her movement. After perfecting that skill, they had me learn some of the routines that Jena Malone had to do with the ax, and they had me drill this a few weeks in a row until this, too, was ready to perform.
3) We know you can’t give too much away, but what was the hardest or most frightening stunt you had to perform for Catching Fire?
Well thankfully I was working with a very good stunt crew that rehearses things multiple times, so that everything will be as safe as possible. But I would have to say that the most fun stunt that I got to do, were two different stunts….the first was when I was doubling Jena Malone, and Renae Moneymaker was doubling Jennifer Lawrence, and we were on the spinning cornucopia, and had to tumble and catch each other….and the rest I’ll leave for you guys to see. I don’t want to totally spoil the movie.
The other really fun stunt was doubling Jennifer Lawrence. She is about to shoot her bow and arrow, and then there’s an explosion which knocks her (me) off my feet about 15 feet high and 20 feet far. We did a ratchet for this, which means I was on wires and got thrown into the air, then to the ground.
4) Seeing as the arena takes place largely around water, did you have to utilize your SCUBA certification for this job?
I do have a SCUBA certification…but when they shot all the water stuff, I was doubling Jena Malone at that time, and Renae Moneymaker was doubling Jennifer Lawrence. So, Jena doesn’t actually have any scenes where she is swimming. She is in the water, but no intensive swimming.
5) Did you get to work with any of the actors on set? If so, how was the vibe?
Yes, I got to double both Jennifer Lawrence and Jena Malone, both of which were super sweet! Jennifer is pretty funny, and always does a good job, but also doesn’t take it too seriously, which a breath of fresh air in this industry. And Jena is very good at attention to detail, and was always sure to collaborate with me that the action was on point. As a stunt double, that’s the best kind of actress to work with. She also had a very sweet spirit.
Josh, just like Jennifer, always does a good job on set…but is always cracking jokes, and not taking himself too seriously. His stunt double and good friend Ralf Koch also told me that Josh is one of the most generous and thoughtful people he knows. Sam, too, was super nice, and just a lot of fun to work with. The overall vibe was a lot of fun. Everyone did their job and worked hard, but also knew how to have a good time.
6) Have you had the chance to see a rough cut of parts of the film yet?
No, unfortunately I haven’t. I’ve only gotten to see what you guys have seen in the trailers. However, I did get to see all the clips that I performed stunts on while on set….and I’m super excited to see the whole film, and am pretty confident that it is going to be amazing!
You can check out Katie’s impressive stunt reel at the link below!