The Hunger Games director Gary Ross has revealed how actor Donald Sutherland wrote him a letter regarding the character President Snow. Gary admitted that he was so moved by the letter that he had no other option but to cast Donald in the role.
Ross explained, "Donald had actually read it and wrote me a letter that was so compelling saying, 'Listen, I've read this series and I'm really interested. Here is who I think President Snow is'. The minute I read the letter it was very clear that he was right. He understood what he meant in the piece. He understood where the nature of power comes from and he understood how pernicious that power was and how President Snow used that power. He gave me a glimpse into that side of the world that was more vivid than anything that I had seen."
Gary then revealed his excitement at being given the opportunity to turn such a fantastic novel into a big screen adaptation. He added, "I felt an excitement and opportunity to dive into something that I love. Anytime you write or direct anything you are also the audience or the reader. You want to give them the same thrill you had when you first read the book."
As well as Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson and is set to be released in both the US and the UK on March 23.