The Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen in the Gary Ross directed movie, has revealed to Moviefone how she nearly turned down her role in the film. Jennifer claims that she was worried about ruining what was so special about the book but was won over when she spoke to Gary Ross about it.
Lawrence explained, "When I read them, it was before there was any talk of the movie or anything, so I definitely didn't picture myself. That would be slightly narcissistic, anyway. By the time there were talks of the movie, I was so turned off by the idea - because we've watched so many people destroy our favourite books [by turning them into movies].”
She added, "There was interest in me for it, so I had a meeting with Gary Ross, and just loved everything he was saying. I knew the movie was being made by people who are fans of the book and wanted to stay true to its story, and understood that it's a sad story, not a cool action flick."
Jennifer continued, "There was hesitation, of course, over the size of it and what my life would be like if I were to say yes, but I slowly came around to the idea. I'm happy I did."
The Hunger Games is released on March 23.