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Lenny Kravitz Talks The Hunger Games and Jennifer Lawrence

Lenny Kravitz, from Precious, talks about Cinna in The Hunger Games

With The Twilight Saga and the Harry Potter series winding down, it was looking like the movie-going audience was getting ready to suffer some serious YA withdrawal pains, but Lionsgate is filling the void with The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling series so everybody’s fantasy fix is on the way.

CNN had a chance to talk with Lenny Kravitz, who recently snagged the role of Cinna in the upcoming film, to find out what he had to say about the character he plays and his response to fan reactions when he got the part.

A definite plus in Kravitz’s favor is that he’s actually read the source material. Too many actors seem to ignore the books when movies are adapted so it’s nice to see that the singer-turned-actor knows what to expect. When asked by CNN if he had read the books, Kravitz replied, “Of course. I’m really excited to be in it. I’m really anxious to see how they put this whole world together because if you’ve read the books you know the world is quite fantastical and amazing, the Capitol and the Arena.”

Kravitz might not be the first person that pops into your head when you think of Cinna, but he is the one that director Gary Ross thought of when he saw Kravitz in Precious. “That’s why ["Hunger Games" director] Gary Ross called me,” Kravitz says, “because he said he’d seen Precious and he liked how I underplayed the character. It’s not a similar role, but in a sense it’s got a similar quality because [Nurse John] was the only backup for ["Precious"].”

It shouldn’t be too hard for Kravitz to work with Jennifer Lawrence either, because the two have already spent some time together, and the soon-to-be Cinna seems to think Lawrence definitely has what it takes to bring Katniss to life. “Yes, I know her actually because she did “X-Men: First Class” with my daughter, [Zoë Kravitz],” says Lenny, “so she spent a lot of time in my house in Paris when they were filming in London. That was another thing about casting me: [Ross] said, I heard that Jennifer was in your house all summer and that you were taking care of the kids and they were cooking. I had the whole cast, like six, seven kids in my house on the movie so I got to know all of them before I had even seen them in action. So Jennifer and I ended up becoming friendly. She’s really sweet. And then I saw her in “Winter’s Bone” and I was like, “Oh, wow. This girl is for real.”

As far as him not being the guy most fans think of when picturing Cinna, Kravitz has avoided the online drama over the casting news but he knows how important it is to get the character right, saying, “yeah, the fans don’t play.”

Of course, you can have some really great actors filling out the parts but a movie can still fall flat if the soundtrack doesn’t set the right tone. Fortunately, the producers seem to have things well in hand with Danny Elfman and T. Bone Burnett handling the soundtrack.

The Hunger Games is expected to arrive in theaters in March 2012.

About Marty Shaw

Marty is a freelance writer who enjoys all things related to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror... with a strong interest in super heroes, too (just so they don't feel left out).

One Comment

  1. Ron

    July 13, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Nice words, Marty. When I, Ron, first saw this post, I thought of Ke$ha or Kesha, who I, Ron, love, and Townes Van Zandt, and T Bone Burnett, because that was the first comment I made, after my father died. Which, now that I, Ron, think about it, led directly, and unavoidably, and necessarily, to I, Ron, falling in love, and marrying, my beloved, and very funny, wife, Miranda. Her skin cancer PSA, of course, saved some of my skin, and the Doc says that besides a scar, asymmetrical to the scar on the other side of my head, I, Ron, have nothing to worry about. He offered to remove the remains of the unicorn horn that my wife, Miranda, as Reiko, sawed off, but I, Ron, declined his offer.

    Nurse John, and Precious, and Miranda Cosgrove, who I, Ron, love, and her appearance, with Jennifer Lawrence, who I, Ron, love, at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation fundraiser, were much on my mind, tonight, as I watched the new “strong” mayor of Colorado Springs, Steve Bach, drive by, in the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo parade. I expect Steve Bach will, also, drive by, as I, Ron, watch the Colorado Springs Pridefest parade this Sunday. Because, Steve Bach, our “strong” mayor, is all about economic development. So, even though Steve Bach refused to sign a proclamation with respect to Pride week, for some reason or other, Steve Bach can not, consistently, not ride in the parade, because it would encourage economic development, as much, if not more than, his ride for the rodeo. And, I imagine, have a huge impact on voter sentiment across the country. Right, Steve?

    I mean, even Precious, an obese, illiterate, abused, ill young woman could think her way through her bias. Surely, a seventy seven inch, thin, literate, loved, healthy and “strong” mayor of a vibrant city can figure it out, too. Those “11, 400 abused children” in El Paso County received major support from the Gill Foundation, and CASA, now, didn’t they, Steve? A “strong” mayor would never want to be seen supporting the abuse of children, now, would he, Steve? No, he would not. Unless he were weak. And, ignorant that at least one business had to lock up when soldiers from Fort Carson, and friends, were attacked, because they were “gay.”

    I, Ron, remember when Colorado Springs could bring Gillian Welch, who I, Ron, have always loved, to town. When Gillian sings “Hard Times,” and I watch those “long ears” parade down the street, I know Love’s song is on the mend.

    Now, if Lenny and Gary and T-Bone and Danny, can figure out, what I, Ron, have always known, namely, that Jennifer Lawrence has some “Good…very, very good” parts, then, Hollywood, itself, may be able to understand, and change, by understanding, the world. I mean, I just watched “Crazy Heart” and “Good Will Hunting” and “Pleasantville” and “Precious,” and found, oddly enough, that Love never appears, really, in any of the films. And all I, Ron, can say, is, “It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault.” Love rules. Always.

    In a world where I, Ron, can buy a CD from John Alex Mason, who I, Ron, first heard because of my attempt to prevent construction of the new U.S. Embassy in Iraq, and hear some killer tracks, featuring Cody Burnside, that compel me to think of Jennette McCurdy, and “see” the only reference in pop culture to R. L. Burnside coming from Dan Schneider, there is some work to do. Really.

    This message has been approved by Ariana Grande, and Frankie Grande. Sort of. (Can you do the breast stroke, Ariana? Haha.)

    Joy to you, Rose.

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