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Vanity Fair Interviews
The fans of the books were initially not pleased with the casting choices of any of the three actors and took to the interwebs to air their grievances. Lionsgate Films defended their choices, with both the author of the books and the director of the film vouching for the actors. For Jennifer Lawrence, aside from having what we assume was a great audition, she convinced the director she was the right person for the role in another way. In an interview with Vanity Fair, she states:
When I auditioned, I told  Gary [Ross], “I understand if you don’t hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone, her face cannot be badass.” So there’s nothing cool about her. It’s not like she looks around the arena and goes, Yeah, I got this. I think she looks around helplessly, and thinks, I made a promise to my sister that I would survive; now I have to kill in order to do so.
And this is why she is the perfect person to embody Katniss who says, "I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun." [Photo via]

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