At The Hunger Games premiere it was an amazing site to see, and also a chance to pay homage to author Suzanne Collins, whose trilogy has created a young adult novel global phenomenon.
Elizabeth Banks summed it up best: “For me, the biggest star here is Suzanne Collins who wrote the books. She is the creator of this entire universe and the reason for all this pandemonium. I’m totally going to geek out around her and I’m excited for her to be feeling all of this.”
“You can just feel the passion of the fans. It is tangible,” said Wes Bentley, who plays Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane. “I’m a fan of the books, too, so I know the fans are not just here to see some pretty faces. They’re here because they were moved by the book and want to be moved by the movie too.”
Director Gary Ross said he “was drawn in immediately” by the YA trilogy and “had a huge emotional response to the series the minute I read it. I was knocked out by it. I was dying to make it. I knew there was so much potential to be a great film adaptation.”
Toby Jones, a.k.a. Claudius Templesmith. “I realized it was going to be huge when I told my daughter, ‘I think you’ll enjoy these,’ and I gave her the books,” he explained. “She ate all three books in four days. She literally just ate them. Clearly this writer is tapped in to the minds and hearts of young readers. But I enjoyed it as well so I thought, ‘This isn’t just for kids’ — in the same way that I know many adults loved Harry Potter.”
It’s great to see that the cast loves and supports Suzanne as much as we all do!