In Philadelphia Tuesday to promote “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” – the final installment in the series opening in theaters nationwide on November 20 – star Elden Henson sat down to discuss his role in the film, his knowledge of the series, and the upcoming second season of the comic TV adaptation of Marvel’s “Daredevil.”
This final chapter of the “Hunger Games” saga finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the nation of Panem in a full scale war, with Katniss confronting President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in a final showdown. Katniss journeys on a mission with her unit from District 13 – which includes Pollux (portrayed by Holden) – as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow.
When asked if he’d read the books prior to filming, Henson admitted to not having a lot of time for preparation after being notified he’d got the part. He compensated by attempting to read the books quickly and watching the earlier films in the series. He further shared what helped the most with his take on the character,
“The thing that really solidified the character for me was (director) Francis (Lawrence) and I having dinner a few days prior to shooting, and my asking was there anything I should know about the character that I wouldn’t get from the books. He said, ‘Just remember with all the bad things Pollux has gone through, he still chooses to see the beauty in the world.’ And that really resonated, so that’s where I started. I always kept that in mind while we were shooting.”
The actor also stated that he hadn’t quite finished the books prior to shooting adding, “I lied and told everybody that I’d read the books, but really I was reading them during! (laughs)”
Humble and open, Henson discussed being amazed at the path his career has taken – being a part of two wildly popular series and working with other stars such as Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Jennifer Lawrence. The actor talked about his “star-struck” moments and shared,
“Everyday I would sit (on set) thinking, ‘Woody Harrelson is sitting right next to me, how cool is this?’ And I have these moments sometimes when I think,‘How did I end up with this life?’ While we were shooting in Germany, I was hanging out with Evan (Ross) and we walked into the hotel and Steven Tyler was there. And Evan knows everybody, so Steven says, ‘You guys come out to my concert.’ And a couple of nights later, we’re on the side of the stage, Woody Harrelson is there, Steven Tyler is singing and I’m like ‘How did I get here?’ It’s one of those moments when I’m like this is my life.”
The “Daredevil” actor, who portrays the character Foggy Nelson, was a lot less forthcoming about Netflix’s Marvel hit, though not by choice. He offered that fans will not be disappointed with the upcoming season – scheduled for an April 2016 release – but joked that if he gave away any spoilers, “(executive producer) Jeph Loeb will literally murder me and hire another actor to play Foggy (laughs).”