For those Hunger Games fanatics out there, Us Weekly has volunteered as tribute to provide the latest gossip on the film’s upcoming sequel Catching Fire. The special collector’s edition features all things Panem, including exclusive interviews with the film’s stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Clafin, and Jena Malone.
For those disappointed with the lack of romance in the first installment, fear not! Hutcherson, 21, who plays tribute Peeta Malark, tells Us, “The kissing scenes are really hot!”
Peeta fell for Katniss Everdeen (played by Lawrence, 23) in the first film, but later learned that she played up her emotions for the cameras to help keep them alive in the arena. Peeta is hurt by Katniss’ lack of emotion, and that will drive much of their characters’ stories in Catching Fire.
“Peeta and Katniss’ relationship is not all good. But you get to see more of it — which I like a lot,” Hutcherson reveals.
The couple also stages a public wedding to try and convince the people that their affections are real towards one another. Though it’s sure to be a tough scene emotionally, Katniss’ Capitol couture wedding gown will likely steal the spotlight.
“I’d never want my bride to wear that dress,” Hutcherson told Us. “It’s so over the top! But for the Capitol, it’s perfect.”
To create the perfect look, Indonesia-based couturier Tex Saverio worked closely with the film’s costume designer Trish Summerville to give off the illusion of the “Girl on Fire.”
“We laser-cut the metal cage into a fire-like bodice and applied thousands of Swarovski crystals for an ethereal effect,” Saverio revealed. “It took two months to complete!”
Lawrence loved the dress, though it did pose some difficulties. The Oscar-winner required the help of seven people to help her get dressed and move around.
“It was 5 feet in circumference, and I’m not good at walking in giant dresses, as we all know!” she joked with Us.
Lawrence famously tripped up the stairs in her Dior Couture gown while heading to accept her 2013 Oscar award for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.
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