With “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1” premiere just a few days away, Lionsgate has added one more clip to its cadre of sneak peeks that shows Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) being a bit difficult to handle for her video crew's team leader, Boggs (Mahershala Ali).
According to Entertainment Weekly, the scene depicts a moment in the book where Katniss and her propaganda film crew visit a hospital that’s attacked by an air strike from the Capitol.
While the clips are a great way to show fans what they’re in for when they finally see the movie on Nov. 21, President Snow himself (Donald Sutherland) seems more interested in talking about what fans won’t be seeing. In a recent interview with HitFix, the 79-year-old actor respectfully lamented some of the scenes that he was featured in that didn’t make it past the cutting-room floor. Particularly a scene between Snow and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).
“I love the scene with Peeta,” he said. “It just didn’t fit with their paradigm. ... It wasn’t evident when we wrote it, it was a lovely scene. Just lovely. At the end of it ... Peeta said, ‘So you’re asking me to say all these things.’ And [Snow] said, ‘You have everything right except one detail. I’m not asking.’”
Sutherland was not complaining about his limited role in "Mockingjay -- Part 1." He was simply lamenting some scenes that couldn’t be included. Before he described the scene with Peeta he told the interviewer that he understands the film is seen through the point of view of Katniss, so all scenes not involving her are therefore nonessential to the story and can be cut.
Still, we can’t help but agree with Sutherland because the scene sounds both tense and fun -- and it sounds like the film could have used a bit more tension and fun as its early reviews are less than stellar. Us Magazine calls the movie “forgettable” while Vulture laments the decision to split Suzanne Collins’ book into two movies, saying: “Thanks, Lionsgate, for cleaving Suzanne Collins’ third book in twain to maximize your already staggering profits.”
The movie comes out Nov. 21 in the U.S. Until then, fans can check out the interview with Sutherland below: