Life gets harder before it gets easier for the characters in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The movie, which is due out on Nov. 22, features Katniss, Peeta and Gale returning to their everyday lives after the events of “The Hunger Games.” But they’re all very changed by the events of the first movie, and that reveals itself in a variety of ways.
Liam Hemsworth came on “Good Morning America” to promote the new film, and he set the stage for what Gale’s relationship will be with Katniss when “Catching Fire” starts. “It’s really confusing,” he says. “She’s now back from the Hunger Games and she’s dealing with post traumatic stress and she’s obviously fallen in love with someone else now.”
Considering Gale is a “good guy,” in Hemsworth’s words, Katniss will have a hard time choosing between him and Peeta. In one scene she sees Gale stand up for himself and get whipped because of it, which Hemsworth says wasn’t the most fun to shoot.
“I got whipped for three days, which is good and bad if you’re into that kind of thing,” Hemsworth says. “It was an interesting couple of days. You’ve got to have someone like Woody [Harrelson] on set to keep that stuff light.”
Having Jennifer Lawrence around certainly made life easier as well. Hemsworth says there’s “no filter” with his female costar, and says she’s especially dangerous to be around when someone is having a bad day.
“She finds the weakness and then she’ll exploit to the entire set,” he admits. “Jennifer’s someone who just really cares about the people around her.”
With “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” and “Part 2” filming, Hemsworth teases that there will be more ensemble scenes. That unfortunately means bad news for director Francis Lawrence, because even the adult actors can’t help goofing off.
“It’s when we’re all together that it’s hard to get anything done,” Hemsworth says. “When we’re all in a room together, it’s just like children playing.”