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When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Interview with the cast of
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
by Lynne Starling
Fans have been waiting years for the Hunger Games movies to hit the big screen and as the second movie premieres, it’s expected to be a bigger box office hit than the first.
I had a chance to sit down with Stephanie Leigh Schulnd and Alan Ritchson on their tour through Houston to discuss the new movie and what it was like to join a successful series.
Sitting across from Schulnd and Ritchson, they are funny, friendly, and act like real-life siblings picking on each other and goofing around. It’s a far cry from the competitive, brutal tributes they portray in Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Playing the roles of Cashmere and Gloss, the sister and brother from District 1 who won previous Hunger Games in consecutive years, they are thrust back into combat in the Hunger Games 75th Quarter Quell.
Both Alan and Stephanie say the role took intense training. “We trained for four months prior to filming” said Schulnd, hiring a personal trainer for herself as well as training with several cast members with the 8711 stunt team. Training included not only physical strength, but martial arts and weapons training since Gloss and Cashmere are experts with knives in the movie. Both admit it was a rough start to training, and laugh at a time Alan dropped a knife that hit Stephanie’s foot. “It was grueling” Ritchson acknowledged, but says it was worth it. “I think we were all in the best shape of our life, and we had the opportunity to learn a new craft.”
Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second installment in this franchise. I asked if anything prepares them for the fan base that comes along with a movie like this. Stephanie quickly answered “no” and continued by stating she knew she had the role a month before the cast announcement was made, giving her time to prepare. Alan starts by explaining there’s no way to prepare for it, but having seen the first movie gave him an understanding of what it is he was stepping into.
Being fans of the series themselves, Alan and Stephanie understand the expectation to portray their characters the way the author intended them to be played and hopefully the same way the readers created them in their head as they read. Alan said, “There is pressure not wanting to let fans down. So, I take it day by day. I have one character and it is my job to bring him to life.”
Also in Houston for the Catching Fire tour, was Jeffrey Wright who plays Beetee, the male tribute from District 3. Beetee’s character is a thinker and an expert with electronics and wiring; saving Wright from the intense training some of his younger cast mates underwent.
Having been apart of the Bond franchise, Wright was more prepared for the fans that come along with his role in the film. But he said interacting with the fans, “each of them has personal, individual connection to the material. They relate to one of the characters because they see their own experiences as being sympathetic with that of the character in the movie.” His believes the pressure comes from not wanting to detract from the quality of work, and ideally surpass the expectations of the fans.
“When you make movies, you hope that people will want to see them,” said Wright, although he said there is very little doubt with this particular movie.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a Lionsgate film. It opens nationwide in theaters, Friday, November 22, 2013.
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