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It’s now less than two weeks until fans can see Donald Sutherland as President Snow in The Hunger Games. In a new interview, the actor talks about his feeling on the films script, as well as his interpretation of Snow, and the political importance of the movie.

Speaking to Coming Soon about the script, Sutherland said the following:

Q: What kind of roles are you looking for at this stage of your career?
Donald Sutherland: Whatever strikes my heart, you know? I mean, this script — it came, I read it. I couldn’t read it actually. I pushed it away. I sat back and I said to my wife, “I think I just read something that can change everything.

On director Gary Ross, he said:

And then when Gary [Ross] asked me to do it, to play the President, it was at that time a very peripheral part. We were in North Carolina and talking about that nature of the oligarchies and the privileged and how to administer them. And he said, “I’m going to write,” – god, he’s brilliant. He’s an amazing man, he really is. You loathe to use the word genius, but he’s quite extraordinary from my point of view. And he went away and he came back with a couple of scenes with such economy of language. Of such specificity. He said, “I think what we have to talk about is hope and fear.” And those scenes aren’t in the book. He wrote them and Suzanne Collins loved them. But it so perfectly described what someone — an administrator, a bureaucrat, not even a leader — that Coriolanus Snow is and that he has to do. How do you keep that underclass in control? You offer them a little bit of hope.

You can read the rest of the fascinating interview (which also covers his thoughts on Jennifer Lawerence, and how the Occupy Wall Street protests could be compared to the District uprising in the trilogy) at the above link.

Do you think that The Hunger Games could have an important impact, or do you think that Sutherland is just bigging the film up to try and gain some hype?

  • Eoin

    No. I feel that Sutherland is giving his opinion. To him this may be a truly incredible script.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    The Hunger Games will definitely make a HUGE impact! No matter what.
    Its come to a point when its not even about the hype, its about reality.
    Everything he said is just so true.

  • Maremarie

    I have always felt that the Hunger Games could impact our society.  The story is just so relevant to what is going on in the world right now as well as in our history.  Also, as there is no magic or supernatural elements in the series, the events are not entirely out of reach by the human people.

    • http://twitter.com/hunyumstan Hunyum Murya

      Agreed.
      It does not use so much tech that it seems unbelievable and nothing is really out of the context really. Things like these are happening nowadays and we just don’t realize they are.
      I think this is exactly why people can connect with it on a very different level.
      It is a POSSIBLE reality.

  • 7Starrchasers

    Coriolanus Snow? i never knew that was his name!

    • OhiB

      *cough* it’s in the books >.> 
      Perhaps you just sped read and totally missed it ;)

      • 7Starrchasers

        Nooo!!!! How could i!! I’ve read them over SO many times….ugh im horrible…fine i’m going to re-read them RIGHT NOW!

        • Sarah

          No, it’s okay, I’ve read them multiple times and I didn’t know his first name was Coriolanus. But that’s probably because I can’t remember names to save my life.

  • http://twitter.com/glasswatar Suri Meipapilionis

    Its the truth. I adore Donald Sutherland SO much. He is like one of my favorite actors of ALL time! He has amazing eloquence with his speech. I absolutely ADORE him :D

  • Euphoriose

    I dont think he would be just saying that, he seems very professional. I think that the Hunger Games will be a really great movie, and honestly, its already getting hype, so he wouldn’t really have to say anything like that!

  • Trumpeter_72395

    I think Gary Ross has done an amazing job with this. I have always loved the political aspect of The Hunger Games and is glad he is bringing more of that into the movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LillyCGN Ileana M.

    I think of great importance, since I read the synopsis of the book back when I first read it. It takes place in a shell of what once was North America. The land of the free, and you start thinking of the possibilities, and you understand that what happens in that book, could very easily happen in real life. So yes, I think the trilogy an dthe films are going to have a huge impact on audiences.

  • Mrs_Badcrumble

    That’s one of the great things of this series (book and hopefully movie) – the strong social and political side that’s so thought provoking and creates so many connections with our current society.
    It might not change things, but it is indeed a powerful story that makes you think and analyze the human condition and our way of living in society.

  • TuesdayNext

    If you want a book about politics, uprising, and it is relevant to today then read either 1984 by George Orwell or The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Atwood.

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