A long time ago, when people were nervous about Josh Hutcherson’s hair color, Liam Hemsworth’s North American accent, and Jennifer Lawrence’s ability to shoot an arrow believably– the world was appeased with not one, but two pictorial spreads in Entertainment Weekly featuring Jennifer Lawrence in all her costumed Katniss glory, and subsequently some short months later an equally affirming issue featuring Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in all their rugged, District 12 robustness were released to the world at large. And what happened? Well, some people wept, some people threw copies of Entertainment Weekly’s up in the air in sheer frustration, and others were just kind of well– meh about it all. I honestly can’t recall my reaction, but I know there were no tears, no throwing of things of any kind, and I’m pretty sure meh isn’t even part of my vocabulary outside of Twitter, or Facebook, or here for that matter. I do recall this though, stills– yep a smattering of Hunger Games movie stills in and after those issues were on news-stands, and drug-store, and smoke-shop magazine racks (smoke-shops are the best places to get magazines, I tell ya’. No, I don’t smoke.), all over this complex planet of ours. But (ah yes, a but), what strikes me more than a year after those glorious snip-its of hope that were given to us, a number of them turned out to not even be part of the film.
I give you exhibit A. Or as I like to call it, Katniss and Gale in the Big Bad Forbidden Woods.
We all know where this still fits into the sequence at the beginning of the film, right? It’s got to be somewhere between “Damn you, Gale!” then her shooting at those birds, and them hiding from Effie (My-Name-Never-Gets-Mentioned-In-The-Movie) Trinket’s hovercraft. So, where’d it go? Would have been nice to get one more scene in there with them, no?
Which brings me to exhibit B. also known as Cinna, Peeta and Haymitch Are Judge-y Faces. I remember when this was one of about four stills circulating, and everyone– and I mean EVERYONE truly believed that this little moment frozen in digital time would make it into the film. It didn’t though, and then we all cried “what the fuck, man!!??” Seriously, I think we all craved more from this film that we just did not get– and these stills just might prove that. Which brings us to our last still, and probably the one that continues to befuddle me as to why the scene was summarily cut. Exhibit C. Also known as Katniss and Peeta Interact More In the Capitol, Yo. I apologize for the poor quality of the still, but I’m sure you all can make out that that’s Katniss in the foreground, and Peeta in the background, and they’re in the Capitol apartment. And making an educated guess here, this still was likely a scene between– actually I have no clue– it could literally take place anytime during their time in the Capitol, it could even be on a day they filmed that was entirely scrapped, because neither of the costumes Jennifer or Josh are wearing made it into the film, no– really, I checked. What I’m hoping this scene was, was something between a training session, and a dinner scene, where they may have actually talked a bit, and I dunno connected pre-crush reveal, your guess is as good as mine at this point.
We know that there were no deleted scenes on the different copies of the film on DVD and Blu-ray (still not out in Argentina, mind!), and Gary Ross director extraordinaire has stated numerous times that the film he presented to Lionsgate, was for the most part, the film that made its way to cinemas all over the world. So, yeah– where did all these scenes go, and I know it’ll be debated to the nth degree– do we think they might have added something to the film if they had remained?
To quote Mr. Owl– “the world may never know.” I just hope the same thing doesn’t happen with Catching Fire.
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