After the devastating attacks in Paris last Friday, the people behind [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2](tag:449866) opted to cancel the extensive red carpet interview portion of the movie's premiere out of respect for the victims and the mourning.
While that decision alone was a signal of support, the cast took it upon themselves to make their own sympathetic statement, using the movie's political themes to highlight their allegiance to France.
They wore Mockingjay pins with French colors to show their support
Elizabeth Banks took to Twitter to stand with Paris and express how the events were at the front of her fellow actor's minds even at the premiere.
The Mockingjay symbolizes a freedom from oppression
On the red carpet, it was a simple yet impactful way to offer their thoughts without saying any words at all.
The show of solidarity carried through the entire night
Lionsgate CEO made sure to include a tribute to Paris in his opening remarks, noting that many Mockingjay scenes, including the final battle, were filmed in the streets of Paris.
The final film's story of overcoming draconian rule clearly resonated
The Mockingjay pin feels like an appropriate salute to not only French fans but all the country's citizens still reeling from terrorism hitting so close to home.
A fitting tribute from a tight-knit cast
It's nice to see some of the biggest names in Hollywood taking the time to turn the public's focus to a larger issue instead of soaking up all the spotlight. The pins seem to evoke something that Katniss herself might do: Make it about the survivors, not the privileged people at the top.
(Source: Vanity Fair)