There is a lot to the character of Katniss Everdeen that draws in millions of fans to see the Hunger Games series and the director of the latest films knows that. But he also adds that the actress playing the role is what makes her so compelling as well.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Friday, Jennifer Lawrence briefly mentioned how she viewed Katniss and what it would mean to others watching her work.
"Katniss represents to me a movement and an awareness for our younger generation - she possesses strength, compassion and the bravery to do what's right even when it's not easy," Lawrence said.
As for the character, director Francis Lawrence said that Katniss is in a very different place than she has ever been in.
"She's gone through a lot, and she's very alone," he said.
He also talked about the untimely death of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and the process they went through to patch up the scenes he would be missing, but also to honor the man they knew.
"It was really rough," Francis said. "We went dark. It happened on a Sunday, and we couldn't get everybody together on the Monday. We reorganized the schedule.... We kind of eased everybody back into work. It was also after one of those freezes. It was 10 degrees and miserable."
As for trying to fit the story into two movies, producer Nina Jacobson said that there is a lot left to tell when Part 2 comes around and it will work out best this way.
"A lot happens in the 'Mockingjay' book, and to try to cram it all into one movie, I think we would have never had the time to spend with the relationships and with the characters," she said.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 comes out on Nov. 21.