The “Hunger Games” saga debuts on HBO Max; Find Fun Facts About Movies Starring Jennifer Lawrence!



As promised, the ‘Hunger Games’ saga has finally arrived in the HBO Max catalog and can now be viewed in its entirety.

The film franchise, starring Jennifer Lawrence, captured the hearts of audiences by bringing Suzanne Collins’ novels of the same name to life. Set in a dystopian future, the narrative centers on Panem, a new nation that emerged after the destruction of North America and is divided into thirteen districts and a capital. Arising after a tragic war, the neighborhoods surrounding the center of the territory are forced to deliver each year a boy and a girl to participate in the Hunger Games, brutal competitions in which only one participant can survive, in order to maintain the authoritarian hierarchy. operation.

It is in this environment that Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), a young woman from District 12 who offers herself as a tribute when her sister is drawn to games, protects her from death in the carnage. From there, she launches an assault on the tyrannical government of President Snow (Donald Sutherland), vowing to overthrow it and make Panem a just place for all.

To celebrate the arrival of the films on the streaming platform, CinePOP has separated a list of ten behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the saga, which you can check out below:


The movies in the franchise have never suffered from swear words at any point, but director Gary Ross, director and screenwriter of the first film, said he used to say a little bottle of swear words on set during shooting. The funny thing is that Lawrence herself was the biggest contributor to the pot, especially considering the other features she was involved in, such as “Trapaça” and “O Lado Bom da Vida”.


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Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran came up with the idea for three songs for “The Hunger Games – In Flames,” the franchise’s second installment – but all of them were turned down. However, the soundtracks for the feature films featured artists from various genres, including Lorde, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, and Sia.


Few producers were ready to embark on a film project starring a teenage girl protagonist – but things changed when the first film hit theaters in 2012. Becoming a critical and box office success, the project swept away the whole world – but what few people know is that, until then, no screenplays had been commissioned by a studio, which puts it on Hollywood’s banned list.


As one of the most renowned actors in American cinema, Sutherland was ready to bring President Coriolanus Snow to life. However, no one thought to send him the script. Instead, he accidentally read parts of the story and wrote to Ross, explaining why he deserved the role, becoming an extremely important character in the sequels.


‘The Hunger Games’ is not only known for its ambitious and engaging storytelling, but also for a rather unique and exaggerated style – all the more so when you factor in the stubborn inhabitants of the capital. To make them as close as possible to the books, 35 makeup artists worked full time with each of the actors; 1,800 costumes were handcrafted just for the extras in the sequences; and 450 wigs were used only in the first feature film.


In the second chapter of the quadrilogy, the tributes find themselves in the middle of a dangerous giant water clock, through which they must pass in order to reach Cornucopia and get supplies to survive. Recording the scenes eventually blew up Lawrence’s eardrum, who lost part of his hearing weeks later. Something similar happened to Daniel Radcliffe in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire“: the actor suffered from two ear infections during filming.


Many actresses competed for the role of Katniss, including Saoirse Ronan and Chloë Grace Moretz. In the end, Lawrence came out victorious, but it took him three days to accept the role, realizing that playing in a mainstream franchise would completely change his life. For the first film, she won $ 500,000; in ‘A Esperança‘, the last chapters of the saga, he received no less than $ 15 million.


The three-fingered tribute rose to fame in the franchise and was originally used as a symbol of unity, strength and admiration – from the time Katniss volunteered to take her sister’s place. in the Hunger Games until the final battle against Snow and the Capital. However, the gesture became polarizing from 2014, when Thais used it as a protest against the military-promoted coup in the country. Because of that, the tribute is illegal there now.


During Harvest, kids and teens are drawn to the Games – but it wasn’t the worst, but the process of filming the footage. Shot outdoors in a heat of 37 ° C, the actors involved as extras had to stand outside and without the luxury of the main cast. Thankfully, some of the protagonists – including Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne) and Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket) signed autographs for some of them as a thank you for their efforts.


Throughout the films, fans were able to observe the growing friendship and love relationship between Katniss’ mentors, Effie (Banks) and Haymitch (Woody Harrelson). In ‘The Hunger Games: The Hope – Part 2‘, the two kiss as Haymitch says goodbye. The sequence surprised audiences, as the two improvised the moment and, in the end, the kiss came to the final cut.

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