One of the stars of the upcoming adaptation, The Hunger Games recently spoke out about his character. Singer/Actor Lenny Kravitz was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine about his role as Cinna in the highly anticipated film. He spoke about why he loved his character and the story.
Kravitz revealed that he was often tempted and offered parts in film over the last 22 years but never thought he would move over to acting. He said:
“In the last 22 years, while I was making my music, I was offered a lot of films, I just didn’t find the roles very interesting – a lot of clichéd type of stuff and really obvious things. I didn’t want to make films because I can. There’s no point in that.”
However, this all changed in 2009 when he had a crucial role in the film Precious. He now has an amazing role in the Hunger Games. Kravitz plays Cinna, the stylist and later confidant to main character Katniss Everdeen. Within the story, Cinna creates amazing and breathtaking outfits for Katniss which leads to her nickname through the story, “The Girl Who Was On Fire.” In the later books he plays an even bigger role in not only the sense of the games but in the life of Katniss.
After meeting with director Gary Ross and reading the first book of the best-selling trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Kravitz took the role.
“I thought it was really good storytelling, I’m very much into stories. The character was interesting. I like Gary’s previous work. And I said, Yeah, let’s go.”
Kravitz also explained why he liked his character so much.
“He’s very streamlined, he’s very quiet,” Kravitz says of Cinna. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s confident. He’s got a big heart. I just liked the way he moved – very smooth.”
In case you need a refresher, the plot follows the nation of Panem, which lies in the ruin of the United States. Each year they have a raffle to choose one boy and girl, aged 12–18, from each of the 12 districts to risk their lives in the Hunger Games, a ruthless competition in which each contestant, or tribute, tries to kill the others until only one is left alive. Only one winner can make it out alive. The winner receives honor, gifts, and enough food and supplies to never worry for anything material again. The Games are just entertainment for the Capitol’s citizens, but are a yearly reminder to the 12 districts of their unsuccessful rebellion 74 years ago, during which District 13 was completely destroyed.\
You can see the full interview with Rolling Stone here.