Philip Seymour Hoffman Talks About Suzanne Collins’ Themes
With the UK release of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master set for this Friday, Philip Seymour Hoffman has been doing the rounds on the British media circuit to talk about his relationship with the acclaimed director and their new film about the charismatic leader of a movement called The Cause. Philip also discussed Catching Fire and the themes of Mockingjay with The Independent:
… But, most intriguingly, he’s about to star in Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games. Based on the hit books by Suzanne Collins, in which teenagers in a totalitarian society are forced to fight to the death for mass entertainment, Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee, the politically astute head gamemaker, who organises the tournament.
“I wasn’t aware of the books until the film came out and people made me aware of them,” he says. “I’m in the middle of reading the last one now; they’re very special.
“She’s written these books for teenagers about fascism and they overthrow fascism, and then what overthrows fascism is as bad as the fascist government. It’s so smart.” Does he think teens get the political subtext? “I can’t see how they couldn’t. She’s very clear.” So does this mean he’s about to become a teen idol? “I don’t think that will happen!” And he smiles – a rare ray of sunshine across a cloudy face.