Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence: The fans’ enthusiasm is “comforting”

The Catching Fire director says the positivity about the project helped him overcome the pressure, calling the UK's reaction "exciting" and "unbelievable"

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You’d think picking up the Hunger Games baton after the first internationally succesful film would be a little daunting… 

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But Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence – who took on the second adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ book series after original director Gary Ross departed the project – says the franchise’s dedicated fan following is “comforting” rather than “scary”.

“There’s always some pressure,” Lawrence told RadioTimes.com at the Catching Fire premiere in London last night. “You want to be able to do the best you can but I think the enthusiasm from fans is comforting and energising as opposed to sort of scary and daunting.”

Last night’s premiere drew hundreds of those excited fans to a rainy Leicester Square, all desperate to catch a glimpse of the film’s stars. 

“This is exciting, this is fantastic,” said Lawrence of the UK’s reaction to the film. “Unbelievable. Really exciting… This is the bar that everybody’s going to have to match.”

Well done, guys! 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is in UK cinemas 21 November


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