Jennifer Lawrene as Katniss in Australian Magazine FilmInk

There has been a lot of magazine exposure lately for the Hunger Games cast. As March is getting closer, fans are getting more and more excited to see the film. On March 23, 2012, the lives of the lead stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will never be the same again. I’m sure they’re pretty amazed to see their faces in different Hunger Games merchandise — from keychains, action figures, fleece, pillowcase, and a lot more. Anyway, so much for that, here are some scans from FilmInk. Thanks the

When FilmInk asks the affable and enjoyably candid Ross if he’s feeling any pressure on the eve of the release of The Hunger Games, the director lets out a sly laugh. “Do you know what pressure is? Pressure is when nobody has heard of you,” he smiles broadly, “and you’ve put a year of your life into a film and you’re really hoping that it will resonate with people. Pressure was spending three years on Pleasantville and hoping that this original thing that I had done was going to find an audience or be remembered. So this is actually very nice. We’ve been very faithful to the book, but the film gives you a very rich cinematic experience that honours what the book is.” …

Was she precious at all? “No, shockingly not,” Ross laughs. “I would sometimes be careful, and she’d go, ‘Gary, this is the film adaptation. Some things work and some things don’t.’ Suzanne had been a television writer, so she understood how some things worked better cinematically. While we were shooting, I added two scenes involving Donald Sutherland’s President Snow that weren’t in the book, and she loved those scenes. There was a part of her that I actually think was more turned on by the additions and the changes because they were fresh and exciting for her. It was a really great collaboration. There was nothing difficult in it.”
Suzanne Collins’ books have a far grittier and more violent edge than those of her fellow literary colleagues, J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer, despite being pitched at a young audience. “I read about the Roman circus,” Ross says of his preparation for the film. “It lasted for 900 years, and by the end of it, they were slaughtering hundreds of people a day, along with elephants and hippopotami. The spectacle of blood grew more and more lurid as society got more and more decadent. To Suzanne Collins, that’s what The Hunger Games really were – closer to Roman spectacle than anything else.”