Did you ever as a kid sit on your grandfather's lap and hang on his every word when telling a story or teaching you something? Do you remember being transfixed with awe and inspiration? Well, that's what it was like being in Donald Sutherland's presence at the NYC press junket. Honestly, kudos to Katniss Everdeen because if he really were our President, I'm not sure I would rebel against him.
Being in Donald Sutherland's presence was truly inspiring and slightly frightening (he has a piercing gaze). Especially when it came to his reasons for taking the part for the movie. Not only is he the perfect President Snow, but he's doing it for a good cause. A sort of call to arms or wake up call to the younger generations. Here's what he had to say.
"When I first read the script, I truly wanted to be a part of this project. So that I could look back at the end of my life, which is pretty close, and say I was a piece of this... For me, how she presented this dilemma to young people and demanded from them a resolution, demanded from them a participation; that could change things because the world that my generation is leaving everyone is a disaster in every respect... So, when I read it, I just begged to be a part of it. So that, in the hope that it will be a catalyst for young people, to get them off the seat of their pants they've been sitting on for the past two generations, doing nothing. Use these films to generate from people an energy that will take them into the voting booths, in the United States, in 2016. Make the people responsible, make politicians responsible for their words, and their actions. Make them represent them."
His speech rings so many truths about our society and economy today. Slowly, our world feels more and more like Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Donald Sutherland's speech gave me chills. If you'd like to see him speak, skip to 1:45 in the video below!
So many of you have most likely seen Mockingjay by now and if not you should. What do you think of Donald's speech and do you think the movies/books are inspiring the way Donald hoped they would be? The premise of Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay is to show what war does to the little folk. The toll it has on everyone. With the series as a whole, did you feel or see any parallels from the movies to our lives today? Let's discuss in the comments below.