Philip Seymour Hoffman on the Goodness of “Hunger Games” to the Kids and Taking the Role of Plutarch Heavensbee

In a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, Philip Seymour Hoffman was able to share why he became attached to the story written by Suzanne Collins in her trilogy “The Hunger Games.” He was also able to discuss why children should be able to know the story despite the “children killing children” part of the story. He then discussed why he accepted the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, the new head gamemaker and replacement to Seneca Crane, who died at the end of the first book. 

On the story of “The Hunger Games” trilogy:

“It’s unbelievable what this woman has done,” the actor said in an interview. “She literally tells our modern history of war and the awful things that have happened through these science-fiction novels. In the modern day, we send children off to die to protect our way of life, basically. It’s very powerful the way she does it.”

His amazement at Collins’s books made him say, “I’m in. I want to be a part of that,” he said. Despite the film’s bloody premise, he said the full story gives a very different message than simply “kids who kill each other.” According to him, if the films are done well, they are something kids should see.

On his role as Plutarch:

“I’m looking forward to the next two [films], because his job becomes very different,” Hoffman said of Plutarch’s role. “The story becomes very different and everyone will see what happens.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman is Plutarch (L) in Catching Fire with Woody Harrelson (R) as Haymitch

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