Now playing in theaters is director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. In the next installment, we find Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol. Unlike the last two films which focused on surviving the games Mockingjay – Part 1 is about the rebellion spreading throughout Panem and the way both sides play the media to gain the upper hand. It’s an extremely well done movie and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed. Joining the cast are Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham) alongside Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, and Donald Sutherland.
Last weekend in New York City I landed an exclusive video interview with Mahershala Ali. During our extended conversation he talked about the process of making Mockingjay, working with director Francis Lawrence and fleshing out his character, the film’s commentary on war and propaganda, how he got into acting, the way he likes to work, House of Cards and keeping the show’s secrets under wraps, Kicks (which he describes as “Goonies meets Boyz n the Hood,” and more. Hit the jump to watch.
- How Ali got into acting
- 2:00 – Describes how his process has changed over time
- 3:30 – Ali had seen the first Hunger Games movie before he auditioned. After he auditioned he read all the books.
- 4:25 – Talks about working with director Francis Lawrence and fleshing out his character.
- 6:10 – How he receives the intense fandom.
- 7:10 – Ali describes his reaction seeing the finished product for the first time.
- 8:30 – Talk about the commentary on war and propaganda in the movie.
- 9:30 – Says he’s good about keeping House of Cards secrets under wraps.
- 11:20 – Talks about the script process as the season progresses.
- 12:10 – How often he gets recognized from House of Cards.
- 13:35 – Talks about a future project Kicks. Describes it as “Goonies meets Boyz n the Hood.”