Best news we’ll get today! Though the film came out back in November, a deleted scene from ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ has just been released. I repeat: brand new ‘Hunger Games’ footage!
We’ve still got a ways to go until The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2‘s Nov. 20 release date and fans are starting to get antsy. Luckily, a deleted scene from the first Mockingjay film has just been released. Though Jennifer Lawrence is not featured in the just released clip, it’s still plenty intense as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) makes a very serious demand of Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Watch it now!
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Deleted Scene
“You know the difference between reality and destructive, adolescent fantasies,” President Snow says to Peeta in this deleted scene from Mockingjay.
Snow is warning Peeta that, if a civil war does ensue, the results will be even worse than those which the Dark Days saw.
However, Peeta ensures that Katniss “never wanted a war,” but Snow is going to need a little more than that.
“There might be 100 things in a home that need to be fixed,” he tells Peeta. “But that doesn’t justify burning it to the ground.”
In other words, Snow is telling Peeta that he will be the mouthpiece for the end to the uprisings, knowing that Peeta will be far more effective and relatable as a voice of reason for the public.
Of course, it doesn’t necessarily matter whether or not Peeta agrees. “You’ve understood everything but one small detail,” Snow says. “I’m not asking.”
Katniss-Free ‘Hunger Games’
Because her character Katniss is the protagonist of The Hunger Games, it’s not surprising that JLaw doesn’t appear in this scene which didn’t make it through the final editing cut. However, that doesn’t mean the films object to scenes without its leading lady.
In fact, in an interview with The Huffington Post, director Francis Lawrence said he felt a tremendous freedom in featuring Katniss-less moments.
“Because the books are so Katniss-centric, and every scene you see and hear and experience is through Katniss’ eyes, we have an opportunity to expand outward from her a bit in the movies,” Francis said. “But there’s a point at which scenes feel like they don’t work.”
What do you think of the deleted scene? Are you excited for Mockingjay: Part 2?
— Casey Mink