Tuesday 17 September 2019

Jennifer Lawrence: 'I have 'I'm stupid' tattooed on my hand for the rest of my life basically'

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
Evan Ross, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Gemma Dunn

Stealing is never OK. Unless, of course, you're Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, and the object of your desire is a pair of handsome co-stars.

"The only things I took [from The Hunger Games set] were Josh [Hutcherson] and Liam [Hemsworth]," says the 25-year-old actress, with a sense of mother's pride in her tone.

Propelled to international stardom for her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen, in author Suzanne Collins' novel trilogy-turned blockbuster franchise, the Kentucky-born star reverts back to her southern roots: "Took my heart right with ya ..."

Aside from mimicking her accent, it seems her male counterparts have no objections.

"I didn't take anything physical either - just this," Hemsworth repeats, gesturing to the threesome.

Considering the trio are in the middle of a gruelling schedule promoting The Hunger Games' final chapter, Mockingjay - Part 2, they're on top form.

In fact the affable pack share a dynamic that's rare in Hollywood circles. I dare to ask how they'll cope being apart after five years together making the movies.

"We still see each other and we're in constant contact, so we don't miss each other yet. But towards the end of last month, we knew this was going to happen - we had pre-separation anxiety," says Melbourne-born Hemsworth (25), who plays Gale Hawthorne.

"We had a lot of anxiety," Lawrence agrees, before being interrupted by Hutcherson who aptly states they now "finish each other's sentences".

Maybe they should go cold turkey?

"No way," Lawrence comes back, instantly.

"Why are you trying to break us up, man?" quips 22-year-old Hutcherson.

Why indeed. The reality is that these are Tinseltown's hottest exports: a line-up that has age on its side and opportunities that millions can only dream of.

Since the first of the four sci-fi dystopian films was released in 2012, the record-breaking franchise has taken audiences by storm, grossing more than $2.2bn (€2.06bn) at the global box office.

Yet while Catching Fire and Mockingjay - Part 1 continued the page-to-big-screen love affair, director Francis Lawrence's Mockingjay - Part 2 brings the perilous chapter to an end. And in spectacular fashion.

Emotions are high as the stakes for Katniss escalate from surviving the most deadly games ever devised to setting the course of the future.

The story picks up with the leading lady back in the bunkers of District 13, still unable to reach a brainwashed Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), as she watches the nation of Panem sliding into full-scale apocalyptic war.

Though Katniss has accepted her role as the Mockingjay symbol of the rebellion, she's aware it's going to take more to turn the tide against The Capitol.

Joining forces with Gale, Peeta, Finnick (Sam Claflin) and the so-called Squad 451, she sets out for the once-glittering city - transformed into a place of mayhem under attack by both rebels and peacekeepers - with a covert mission to assassinate President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

In the franchise's four instalments Lawrence's character Katniss has metamorphosed from a disarmed 16-year-old trying to save herself into a reluctant rebel hero and now, finally, into a fierce leader.

"This is the chapter when Katniss really starts to believe in the impact that she can have," says the actress.

"She's always been so reluctant and has always found herself in situations where all she can do is try to survive, but now she's turning the tables.

"I was excited for her to finally take her place as a leader," she adds.

Meanwhile, a stellar band of cast-mates includes Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci and Natalie Dormer.

Shooting was reportedly intense for the action scenes - was this why the stunning Lawrence recently exclaimed that she was "ageing like a president"?

"Oh I love hearing my quotes back!" says the Silver Linings Playbook star, rolling her eyes. "I didn't try to blame the movie; I just meant I'm busier than Ryan Seacrest ..."

When it comes to the finished movie never has the 'nothing can prepare you for the end' tagline on the Mockingjay - Part 2 artwork seemed more appropriate.

"Woody [who portrays troubled mentor, Haymitch] cried when making a final speech during the last day of filming. That was pretty heartbreaking," Hutcherson reveals of the cast and crew's "dramatic" farewell.

"But again, I want to reiterate, it is not over. We are not finished with this," says Hutcherson.

"We'll never be able to have healthy, functioning relationships with other people - not even with our own parents," adds Lawrence, who was recently named as this year's highest-paid actress.

"This," she says, aiming both thumbs at the boys, "will never die".

Perhaps some matching, commemorative tattoos are in order?

"I was with Liam's family when I had 'H20' tattooed on my hand [to remind her to stay rehydrated].

"After I'd had mine tattooed on my skin forever, Liam bailed," says Lawrence.

"I got it stencilled on and I didn't like the look of it," retorts Hemsworth, laughing.

"I should have Googled 'H20' before as it's written wrong" says Lawrence, now beaming. "I basically have, 'I'm stupid', tattooed on my hand for the rest of my life..."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is in cinemas now

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