As promised, here is the interview! The fansites did a group interview with others present like the crew from Lionsgate Home Entertainment in charge of the DVD special features. Check out what else went on at the Midnight Release Party here.
And we bring it to you in 3 different formats: embedded audio and a transcription, courtesy of Erin and Elena from HG Movie Site, and video as part of Down with the Capitol’s Aldrin’s vlog. Photos are also courtesy of HG Movie Site!
As a reminder, in attendance were Jack Quaid, Dayo Okeniyi, Welcome to District 12 (Courtney and me), HG Movie Site (Erin and Elena), Down with the Capitol (Aldrin), Mockingjay.net (Beth), and Victor’s Village (also me), plus individuals from Lionsgate, including Lisa, who did ask a few questions.
Dayo: All right let’s go.
Question: All right so we saw the special features.
Dayo: First of all, hi.
Courtney: Oh I’m Courtney by the way.
Courtney: This is my good friend Tiffany, we run WelcometoDistrict12.com
Courtney: (points to Tiffany) and she also writes on Victor’s Village.
Dayo: Right On.
Courtney: So, we saw the special features, and there is one part that is hilarious. Jack, he’s like, you guys are all together, and they are like PUT YOUR COFFEE DOWN (everyone laughs).
Jack: You guys have seen the special features, we haven’t.
Dayo: I have.
Jack: You have? WHAT? No one – I’m always the last, no one knows where I am.
Dayo: But you remember it happening?
Jack: Oh I remember that.
Jack: (very animated) PUT YOUR COFFEE DOWN.
Dayo: I’m mad, that made me look like the biggest diva (now in a somewhat pretentious slightly British guy speaking through an oxygen mask accent) ‘I have to finish my coffee. No time for’…
Courtney: So that’s why, cause you like to drink coffee?
Dayo: I’m actually not that big a coffee drinker. I don’t know.
Jack: I don’t know, we just kinda felt on set like, oh yeah, people just drink coffee on movie sets, so we should just do that.
Dayo: All the adults are doing it dude, we should.
Jack: We should just get on this coffee thing we’ve been hearing about.
Courtney: That’s awesome.
Dayo: Fun times. What site are you guys from again?
Courtney: Welcome to District 12
Jack: And Victor’s Village.
Courtney: We’ve tweeted you guys. We exist.
Dayo: We know you guys.
Jack: As do we, we also exist. Fantastic.
Beth: This is such a silly question, but I promised that I would ask it.
Dayo: There is no such thing.
Jack: There’s no such thing.
Beth: Oh wait til you hear it.
Dayo: (laughs) She said wait til you hear it, oh no.
Beth: So, why are your dimples so swag?
Dayo: First of all, the question should be ‘Why is your DIMPLE so swag?’, cause I only have one. So, on the red carpet… where is it again (feels his face)… so I always have to hit it like this, you know (best red carpet pose, Zoolander style)… every pictures gotta be from this angle. But I don’t know man, you’re gonna have to ask the dude upstairs.
Beth: Fair enough.
Jack: Sweet phone cover by the way (points at Beth’s phone cover, which is a Nintendo Game Boy phone cover) I’ve been admiring that for like 5 minutes.
Beth: Don’t you wish that you could just play Tetris on it.
Jack: I want to do it so bad right now. I miss Game Boys.
Courtney: I have a segue question.
Courtney: Favorite video game?
Jack: Oh, thank you for asking this question… oh man, Left For Dead, Team Fortress 2, Halo, Gears of War, all that stuff… it’s so good. I don’t know.
Dayo: That’s deep.
Courtney: You know, these are all the awesome ones.
Jack: Oh yeah, what about you man?
Dayo: That’s the way to go. You know, I’m from Nigeria man. You know we don’t play football, we play, we play fútbol, so you know, FIFA all day.
Elena: I have a question (looks at Jack) How come you’re not wearing your Mockingjay pin? (Dayo is sporting his)
Dayo: You failing, man.
Jack: Look, actually I have it, I put it on a bulletin board in my room in my apartment, I just kind of stuck it in the corner. And I felt bad cause then I saw him at the premiere wearing it, and I’m like IT COULD BE A FASHION CHOICE, but um. No, it’s just kinda like a little, little remembrance.
Dayo: Every time you leave your apartment.
Jack: Every time I leave my apartment I’m like… Yeah, rebellion.
Jack: Good times in North Carolina.
Aldrin: Question. So I asked this to this girl, her name is Jackie Emerson, I don’t know if you know her.
Jack: I don’t know.
Aldrin: Ya, she’s from-
Dayo: She’s one of my…
Jack: Kinda short, kinda tall, with like-
(They look at each other and act like they now know)
Dayo: Ok, cool .
(looks back at Aldrin)
Aldrin: So I usually ask Costco, but we’re at Wal-Mart, so let’s say Wal-Mart. So you have 10 minutes at Wal-Mart and you can get whatever you want, what would you grab? In just 10 minutes.
Jack: Well here’s the thing…
Dayo: Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream would be paramount.
Dayo: I gotta get some ice cream.
Jack: Well here’s the thing. In North Carolina, when it was really late, we would just go around, at like 2 in the morning on, you know, those scooters that they have…
Dayo: The electric ones.
Jack: The electric ones. We would go. ‘Cause no one was there that needed them at 2 AM. So we would just go around, and I would just collect all the steak that I could find, so I guess that’s what I would still do.
Dayo: ‘Cause that’s all we were allowed to eat.
Jack: That’s all we were allowed to eat. Just for the sentimental value, I would be like scooter and a steak. Gonna do it.
Dayo: They kinda started to get angry with us.
Dayo: You boys. (In his best southern accent) You boys need to put them scooters back.
Jack: You saying really boys has, like, four syllables.
Dayo: In North Carolina, boy has like four syllables.
Dayo: You bo-o-o-oys… You bo-o-o-oys need to put them scooters back
Lionsgate: Hey guys can you do a shout out for, well he’ll shoot it, but for well, ABC.. so say, “Hey, this is Jack, and you’re about to watch the Hunger Games Blu-Ray segment” or something like that. You know whatever you want to say.
ABC: We’re at the midnight release party.
Lionsgate: Something like that.
ABC: You know like the only one in California.
Dayo: I’ll do the Dayo part, and you do everything else. (points at Jack)
Jack: I’ll do everything else.
Dayo: “Hi, I’m Jack Quaid”, “And I’m Dayo”… and then back to you.
Jack: And welcome to the release party.
Dayo: All right cool.
Jack: This is going to take 5 times.
Dayo: Ok, lets go. 1, 2…
Jack: DVD Release Party at Walmart.
Jack: Oh sorry, am I not… all right
Dayo: No Wal-Mart.
Lionsgate: Just say midnight release party.
Jack: You got it, you got it.
ABC: And Action…
Jack: Hi I’m Jack Quaid.
Dayo: And I’m Dayo Okeniyi.
Jack: And we are at the Midnight Release Party for the Hunger Games DVD and Blu-Ray… Welcome. (Giggling) Lets do it again.
Jack: I made it weird at the end. (everyone laughs) I made it weird at the end… just cut the welcome.
Dayo: (robotic) Midnight Release Party…. Welcome.
Jack: (Austin powers voice ) DVD Party
ABC: I’ll take as many takes.
Jack: Fine, just one more. I can’t even.
Dayo: Take two. A little more personal.
Jack: Yeah, yeah.
Dayo: Ok cool.
ABC: Take two.
Jack: Hi, I’m Jack Quaid.
Dayo: And I’m Dayo Okeniyi.
Jack: And we’re at the midnight release party for The Hunger Games DVD and Blu-Ray.
ABC: Thank you.
Jack: (dramatic) Have a great evening, sir.
Dayo: Anymore questions?
Courtney: I have a question… from someone on Tumblr. What is your opinion on sandwiches?
Jack: Really though?
Dayo: On sandwiches?
Jack: I’m a huge fan of sandwiches. I had a sandwich today, in fact. Which is insane.
Dayo: I think they are awesome. Not when you’re not allowed to eat carbs. We weren’t allowed to eat carbs. You see how I am trying to make this apply to the movie?
Jack: There is actually a story I have always wanted to tell.
Dyo: About the bread.
Jack: Yeah. So we weren’t allowed to eat carbs at all. And I remember I was in my hotel room late at night, and they just had bread. They just had this thing of bread. I was so tempted, I even had it in my hand, and right here… and then I swear to god I said out loud, NOT TODAY. (everyone laughs as he motions like he threw it) It was like a bomb or something… just NOT TODAY. It was insane.
Dayo: So every time we looked at bread from that day on, we’d be like, NOT TODAY.
Lisa: What was your favorite restaurant? Where’d you guys always go?
Jack: What was that like Whole Foods-esque place?
Jack: Ok, Wasabi.
Dayo: Wasabi was nice.
Jack: Wasabi was great. They had this thing called the Godzilla Roll. I basically introduced you and Jackie to sushi.
Dayo: Yeah. Oh Godzilla roll!
Jack: I basically introduced you and Jackie to sushi. It was like this whole new world for you.
Dayo: I’d never eaten sushi in my life. I was like against raw fish. Entirely. Me and Jackie were. And then we had this thing called the Godzilla Roll, and uh, and we’ve been hooked ever since.
Jack: Whenever we get together now, you know, it’s always a sushi place or like Umami Burger.
Dayo: I mean here in LA, the Umami Burger is like we’re there.
Tiffany: I have a segue question.
Courtney: We wrote this question, we wrote it down.
Tiffany: What is your favorite thing to eat at Umami Burger? ‘Cause I love Umami.
Dayo: Ahi Tuna Burger.
Jack: Ahi tuna burger, yeah.
Tiffany: I like the cheese tots.
Dayo: Yeah, those are nice.
Jack: I like their ketchup. If I could just drink that.
Dayo: The sweet potato fries with like the sugar on top
Tiffany: I have never had that.
Dayo: It’s good stuff. It’ll change your life.
Lisa: Jack, have you figured out your autograph yet?
Jack: I have (gets more excited) I have! I am so excited. My roommate helped me. And it was very…
Dayo: Do you remember the first time we were at the hotel and the guy came up and asked for the autograph?
Jack: Yes. I was like OH GOD.
Dayo: Dude, I don’t know what I wrote man.
Jack: At first, my signature was horrible. On my driver’s license is the worst thing ever. It’s like Jack – sort of – and then like Q U, and then it looks like someone drew a very crude treasure map. Ugh, but no, I sat down with my roommate and worked out this whole thing. It’s good. But the terrifying moment was when we had this poster we were going to get for Gary, and everyone was going to sign it. And it was my turn, and I was like, it has to be good. The pressure was on.
Dayo: It’s the one he’s gonna have on his wall.
Jack: After that, I was like I gotta get my signature down.
Dayo: This is awesome, man. I visit all your sites religiously. This is crazy.
At this point, there were DVD’s brought in for them to start signing.
Lionsgate: I am gonna have you guys start signing a few. This is one that’s out there for Jordan. So if you can write Jordan…
Jack: And now the pressure’s on, gotta see if I can do it.
They continue to sign for a bit.
Dayo: “What’s your take on sandwiches?” (laughs)
Courtney: We watch all the interviews, and you guys have been asked like literally every single question, and I don’t wanna be lame…
Jack: You know, I am actually surprised that’s the first time I have heard that.
Dayo: You know what’s actually the one that I get like every single day… did you read the books?
Tiffany : It boggles everyone’s mind. Like all the fan site runners, when people ask that to you.
Dayo: It’s like, are you kidding me?
Courtney: No, we didn’t do our research at all.
Jack: No we just kinda…
Dayo: I just winged it.
Jack: I just showed up, man. Did what they told me. I thought I was filming Harry Potter.
Dayo: Wait. What?
Jack: I don’t know.
Dayo: (shocked) This isn’t Harry Potter?
Lionsgate: I’m gonna keep watching you and see at what point you just start writing a D period
Jack: We’re D J man.
Dayo: Ah yeah. DJ Thravel.
Jack: DJ Mesh.
Dayo: DJ Maresh.
Jack: That could actually be a name, DJ Maresh.
Dayo: Swagged in, swagged out
Jack: Why your dimples so swag?
Dayo: I don’t know girl, you gonna have to ask Big G Upstairs. He’s the one who made them.